De Predis’ Venus: The garden of delights representing the joyful influence Venus exerts on mortals is an illustration for The Sphere of the Cosmos, De Sphaerae  (1466 or later). The original treatise dating from 1230c describes Venus’ feast day celebrated when Venus is the brightest object in the night sky. Among Romans, an homage to Venus Vinalia was celebrated on April 23rd when new wine was tasted and the vineyards blessed.

The garden of the sensual celebration of Venus feast day based on an astrological treatise The Sphaerae Coelestis et Planetarum Descripto, commonly called De Sphaerae (1230 c.).

The scene is joyful, sexual but not erotic.

The central fountain, perhaps a fountain of youth, is decorated with cupids and serves as a swimming pool for naked men and women engaged in love-making. There is a table set with food, bread, and wine. Wine is being served to the bathers cavorting in the fountain.

See Cristoforo de Predis’s The Garden of Delights (1470c.) in  The Sphaerae Coelestis et Planetarum Descripto, aka De Sphaerae (1230 c.);

*This edition of the treatise was commissioned by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Mile, and his wife Bianca Visconti before 1466. the date of completion is unknown.