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A woman eating from a plate and a monkey eating fruit; representing the monkey's higher sense of taste. Engraving by G. Pencz.

  • Pencz, Georg, 1500?-1550.
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The monkey was a symbol of taste through contagion by its other symbolic associations: it was a symbol of the fall of man through its association with baseness, its distorted 'similarity' to man

Physical description

1 print : line engraving


Gustus. GP. Simia nos superat gustu

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Nieuwkoop, 1982, vol. VIII, p. 194


Wellcome Library no. 27162i


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