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