Girl with a Mirror, an Allegory of Profane Love (1627). Paulus Moreelse (Dutch, Baroque, 1571–1638). Oil on canvas. The Fitzwilliam Museum.
The small book is opened on a page that shows a kneeling woman offering a gift to Venus and Amor. The text can be translated: ”The desire of the flesh (lascivia) does not live for itself but for Venus. To her she offers gold and jewels and all riches.”
Moreelse wanted to make clear in a skillfully playful manner and an inoffensively moralizing tone that the combination of sensuality, vanity and material wealth, exact description of profane love, can be very dangerous.