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The Scented Parterre
The Garden of Secrets: Charms and Spells

Where are the couples now if without the love potion?

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The Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature, Being Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus: Cupid inspiring plants with love

Robert John Thornton 1799

MFA, Boston

69.322




In Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the naughty fairy, Puck, casts his trick on the lovers, causing the blinded and mad love. But that is just a mischief of Cupid, the god of love, who mistakenly or deliberately struck his arrow on the innocent flower and gave it the magic potion. As we all know, the dramatic story ends up with a happy marriage scene and we call it romantic.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fairies

Arthur Rackham 1908

MFA, Boston

2014.2450

Midsummer’s night, the wildness and deep forest are always charming and full of magic in the tales, with fogs and dim lights: that is where the fairies live. Led by the fireflies, they fetch the flower of love and bless the young couples. The love potion is dripped onto the lovers’ eyelids and their love grow secretly at night, celebrated by the fairies in line, in circle, dancing.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Fairy

Arthur Rackham 1908

MFA, Boston

2014.2450

The glamour of love potion is hidden in the forest, it emits a faint fragrance, which intoxicates the young couples; In the forest they engage. There are no secular constraints in this free land.

Flowers and plants are becoming the carpet of affection, upon which the lovers lay; Branches and vines are hanging high, giving birth to the fruit of love. The elves, who hide under the petals, are peeping through the leaves at the lovers, watching and blessing the two.


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Illustrations from Flowers from Shakespeare's Garden

Walter Crane 1906

MFA, Boston

63.731

Alas, it is merely a dream? The comedy is about to end, curtains fall. But the enchanting tales of the forest will be retold by the fairies. They sleep on the flowers, sing and praise this free love at night, veiling the magic of the love potion.

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Flora's Feast: A masque of flowers

Walter Crane 1889

MFA, Boston

1973.77

We take care of this magic and bring it into our daily life: It can be applied to beddings and home decoration products for a beautiful dream that surrounds by the fragrance of flowers and plants; It can also be applied to food and drinks with a fresh and sweet aftertaste; It makes perfumes, appealing like the love potion.

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Botanical Affairs, The Scented Parterre, Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fairy, Classics, Literature, ARTiSTORY
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