In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors. ~William Blake
Well, it is, isn’t it? Theatre, that is. And now: Love emblems as a genre. The image at left (c. 1600) comes from a compilation of love emblems published a few years ago as Theatre D’Amour that I bought in hardcover on abebooks for $3.50 in Fine condition!
From the page:
The first and longest series… the twenty-four images from Daniel Heinsiusus Quaris Quid Sit Amor?(‘You Want to Know What Love Is?’), which was, when it was published in Amsterdam in 1601, the first emblem-book solely devoted to the vexed subject of love. (More historical background and review).
Well, of course, I don’t know what love is. (There’s a better Chet Baker version: here.).
Full discussion here. Has half a dozen cutesy pictures, not as sweetly sentimental as much of what you see on SU, but almost. Just 400 years older.
The book itself is well-written. Evidence: You can read several pages from Theatre d’Amour at the publisher (Taschen) with even more color pictures of the genre). Oh, be careful of that door.
Let’s start putting first things first. But first I need a nap. Good night.