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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili


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Description Written in an obscure mixture of Latin, Italian, and regional dialects, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo’s struggle for love in a dream) is the tale of Poliphilo’s love for Polia narrated as a dream. During his dream, Poliphilo searches for Polia, finds her, declares his love to her and eventually unites with her. In his quest, Poliphilo encounters five beautiful nymphs approaching the fountain called the “mother of all” (Panton Tokadi) in which they invite Poliphilo to bathe. The nymphs are the five senses: Aphea (touch), Osfressia (smell), Orassia (sight), Achoe (hearing) and Geusia (taste).
Exhibitions
  • The Power of the Press: Revolution in Communications, 1450 - 1600. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1990.
  • Renaissance Books and Manuscripts of the Humanist Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994-1995.
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1499
Medium
woodcut (ink) on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
91.400
Measurements
Closed H: 11 7/8 × W: 8 1/4 × D: 1 7/16 in. (30.2 × 21 × 3.6 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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