The Dream, c. 1500



Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.147

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As a man snoozes in downy comfort beside a warm ceramic oven, a demon blows wicked thoughts into his ear with a bellows. A proverb says, “Idleness is the devil’s pillow.” Temptation has arrived in the form of a classical Venus, whose gesture invites the sleeper’s attention. Two symbols of unsteadiness suggest the man is vulnerable: a putto attempting to hike himself onto a pair of stilts and the sphere of Fate that can go in any direction. An apple sits on the stove to remind us that the devil offers a warmed-over version of the original temptation in the Garden of Eden.

The Dream
Artist Life
Accession Number
Duke of Buccleuch Coll. (L. 402); Rouiller Gallery, 1919
Catalogue Raisonne
B.76, M.70 a or b/F HOLL. 70 D.28
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