The Five Senses

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Commentary

This woodcut of The Five Senses sets three of the scenes indoors. Like actors on a stage, a man, a woman and a putto act out the senses with not much more than a floor covering and a few pieces of furniture for props. For sight these are a chequered floor and a mirror ambiguously placed under a blazing sun, for touch a bench and some floorboards, and for hearing a chair, a lute and a keyboard instrument.

Themes

Leisure
Gender / Sexualities

Dominant Representational Strategies

Detail

Dwelling

Type
Detail
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Hygiene and Upkeep
Intellectual, Cultural and Spritual
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Beautifying
Music-making
Looking
Sitting

Rooms

Type
Leisure / Games Room
Social and Sitting Spaces
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Children
Male
Female
Other

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Equipment
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Seating
Tools, Utensils and Appliances

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Names
Date(s)
c.1688
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Woodcut lining paper
Format
Print
Type
Genre
Publication
Copyright
© V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum
Location
Victoria and Albert Museum, E.1135-1931
Record ID
LM1052