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A female figure with bowls of fruit and a monkey; Eve picks the apple from the tree of knowledge; representing the sense of taste. Engraving by N. de Bruyn after M. de Vos.

Vos, Maarten de, 1532-1603.
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The monkey was a symbol of taste through contagion by its other symbols: it was a symbol of the fall of man, which was in turn due to its symbolic association with baseness, its distorted 'similarity' to man

The text concerns Ceres and Bacchus, Roman deities of food

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[Place of publication not identified] : [Assu. van Lond excu]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving ; platemark 9.1 x 11.7 cm.

Lettering

Ut bona custus habet sic noxia multa palato/ Munera sint Cereris sive ea Bacche rua/ Dum gustant primi Lethalia poma parentes/ Ipsi in peccatum posteritasque cadunt. M. de Vos invent. N. de B. fe.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 26958i

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