Description Emblem books were a popular source of amusement during the late medieval period. They offered mysterious images whose meaning had to be puzzled out through a combination of contemplating the illustration and reading the accompanying text. These emblems offered a moral to be pondered, and often the message was related to love. Here, a blindfolded man precariously teeters at the top of a cliff and, unaware of the danger, takes a step forward. The moral: love is blind.
- Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Olschki [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, ca. 1905, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, ca. 1905
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