Fruits of Desire A Seventeenth-Century Carved Ivory Cup
Author: Eike Schmidt
Publisher/Date: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (2009)
Format/Condition: New small maroon cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. At first glance it appeared that an excess of glue was used to paste down paper at spine on inside front cover; however, the exact line is present in the back. It is either a manufacturing flaw or by design. Profusely illustrated in color. 56 pages; 5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
Description: An extraordinary achievement in terms of its artistic rendering of the human body, its masterful carving of details, and its profound philosophical meaning, Balthasar Griessmann’s large ivory goblet in the J. Paul Getty Museum celebrates wine and explores the benefits and risks of its consumption. Culminating with an allegory of youth, it challenges the viewer to think about the degree to which pleasure and duty play their parts in our making life choices.
This handsome book is illustrated with stunning photographic details and includes an essay that traces the visual and literary sources that inspired Griessmann’s designs. Although long considered a master of German Baroque ivory carving, Griessmann was identified by name only fifteen years ago. This photo essay and analysis is the first overview of Griessmann in the English language.