Passari’s Lovers in a Garden

Passari’s Lovers in a Garden

Giovanni Baptista Pesseri’s A Party Feasting in a Garden seems a happy end to an alfresco luncheon. Young couples are deep in conversation flirting and courting, which suggests that this is a garden of love. It casual and innocent, though Pessari is a moralist, and...
Ligare’s Hercules at the Crossroads

Ligare’s Hercules at the Crossroads

Hercules Protecting the Balance Between Pleasure and Virtue (1993) is David Ligare’s allusion to Dürer’s Hercules at the Crossroads (1498c.). His important change is the picnic. What Dürer implies Ligare makes emphatic. He shows no food, instead Ligare places Pleasure...
Dürer’s Picnic at the Crossroads

Dürer’s Picnic at the Crossroads

Xenophon’s Memorabilia of Socrates (371BCE) tells that when Hercules was approaching manhood, he was given a choice of a life of pleasure or life of virtue. While sitting at a crossroad and considering his future, he is approached by two immortal women, Virtue, in a...