Giovanni Andrea Maglioli, Two winged naked putti holding the sudarium, 1580-1610, British Museum
Gherardo di Giovanni del Fora, The Combat of Love and Chastity
Luca Giordano, Allegory of Magnanimity, about 1670. Oil on canvas, 71 x 71 in.
Jerónimo Jacinto de Espinosa
Angels Adoring the Eucharist
‘ECCE PANIS ANGELORVM · FACTVS CIBVS VIATORUM’
Museo del Patriarca, Valencia, Spain
British Library, Stowe MS 955, f. 13r (‘Two women attempting to catch flying hearts’). ‘Pierre Sala, Petit Livre d’Amour (also known as Emblesmes et Devises d’Amour), a collection of love poems and ‘énigmes’, preceded by a dedication in prose from the lover/author to his mistress Marguerite’. c.1500
On the right is Prince William II of Orange, ruler of the Netherlands in the mid-seventeenth century. To his left is Mary Stuart, daughter of Charles I of England and William’s wife (if that sounds complicated, wait until I get round to William’s son, William, who married Mary’s niece, Mary).
This picture shows the pair looking fantastic, Mary shimmering in a gorgeous dress and William showing off in his tight black catsuit. Those cherubs are probably squabbling over who gets to try it on with them. If they aren’t blood relatives, they need not bother.
Marstallmuseum. Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich