The newly-born Virgin Mary is washed by maids; Bacchus waits by the bath. Etching by J. Audran.
- Audran, Jean, 1667-1756.
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Bible. O.T. Solomon's Song 2.13. The full verse from the Song of Solomon is "The fig tree putteth forth her green figs and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away". One may surmise that, at least biblically speaking, the tree is the Tree of Jesse which sprouts the 'virga' (branch), linguistically connected with the Virgin, who in turn bears Christ, symbolised by the vine (John 15.1-17). The beloved of the Song of Solomon is often connected to Mary
Vineae florentes dederunt odorem suum, surge amica mea, speciosa mea, et veni. Cantic. c. 2 v. 13.
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