Cherubs Letterpress Greeting Card
This greeting card was made on a letterpress which gives it a lovely tactile feeling of ridges and impressions. It would also look smashing framed on a wall. The image is taken from ‘The Amorum Emblemata’, considered to be one of the most important and influential of all emblem books. Designed by Otto van Veen and first published in Antwerp in 1608, it is now held in the University of Glasgow special collection. The amorous maxims which accompany and interpret the pictures are mostly, but not always, taken from Ovid. Addressed to young people, the book depicts love as an overruling power which should be followed to gain happiness. The hugging cherubs are to symbolise “union is love’s wish”.