Friday, 12 February 2010
How many samplers do you know upon which sport Adam and Eve in their birthday suits? And doesn't it seem rather improbable that young girls who probably never saw their own flesh unclothed, even while bathing or washing, let alone the flesh of others, should spend a fair few hours cross-stitching or satin-stitching the naked flesh, with or without protective greenery, of our biblical ancestors? While some Adam and Eve couples look positively lascivious, this pair here appears to be modestly wearing, in addition to their greenery, pale body stockings such as those worn by acrobats, strong men and some ballerinas of the period. Or is it simply a case of Honi soit qui mal y pense on my part? Was this first innocent state deemed to be, well, innocent - and an innocent subject for innocent young girls?
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 22:23