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 close examination of the shield at the bottom of the bench suggests that heedless youth is in for a fall: the Latin legend Cardunt et Remanent translates as “They fall, and they remain.”

Featured Image: Giovanni Baptista Passeri. A Party Feasting in a Garden (1645c.). Oil on canvas. Dublin: National Gallery of Ireland