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This copy after Abraham Bloemaert’s print of 1604 dates from the eighteenth century, when the popularity of Bloemaert’s work was revived and admired by François Boucher and his contemporaries. The painting is rich with iconographic imagery. The inflated turkey symbolises Eve’s pride and stupidity, the cat her ill-fated deed. Whilst the gourd can sometimes symbolise resurrection and salvation, it has also assumed negative connotations of brief happiness because of its fast growth and decay.
oil on panel
H 36.8 x W 27.6 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885