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Cutting through the mythology of a flirtatious fruit.

In Caravaggio’s Boy with a Basket of Fruit (c.1593), peaches evoke sensual possibility: The hot rose blush of the fruits’ skin is mirrored in the boy’s flushed cheeks. Peaches as a synonym for blossoming lust are also seen in Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (c.1434), where the impending reality of the newlyweds’ bedchamber is suggested by peaches hidden in the corner of the painting. As in 15th-century art history, so in 21st-century popular imagery: From the sticky way peach juice

  • Words:
    Elise Bell
  • Image:
    Florilegius/Getty Images

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  • Words:
    Elise Bell
  • Image:
    Florilegius/Getty Images
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