The Wise Man and the Fool

The Wise Man and the Fool

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Caption: The Wise Man and the Fool, Whole opening A quatrain, set against a background of initials 'P' and 'M', formed out of crossed compasses or staves. Emblematical miniature reflecting on the idea that on life's stage, everyone must don a mask and pretend to be the opposite of the person they really are. The two characters are portrayed sketching their opposite partner. The image plays upon the polysemy of the verb 'to counterfeit', 'to imitate', and also 'to draw', and 'to reproduce'. From a love poem dedicated by pierre Sala to Marguerite Bouillard Image taken from Love Poems. Originally published in France; early 16th century.

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