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Re: Tarocchi goes west

Sandy, you are absolutelyl right. It can be complicated on the BnF site. The fastest way is to know which manuscript you are looking for, by call number. Subject searches give varying results, depending on how imaginative, and patient, your searching is. One way to search is at Gallica, https://gall...

Re: Tarocchi goes west

Here is an authoritative statement showing the antiquity of attributing Ganymede to Aquarius: Carole Newlands, Playing with Time: Ovid and the Fasti (1995), p. 46. Newlands says it the earliest mention of this mythological attribution is (Pseudo-)Eratosthenes, in a work called “Catasterismoi” (with ...

Re: Tarocchi goes west

Sandy, in the second article you link above, by Franco Pratesi in 1988, he lists the cards in the order they trump one another in the play of the game recounted in the text, and the Bagatella is certainly among them - "Several hypotheses have been proposed above, concerning the cards described in th...

Re: Tarocchi goes west

I love these iconological excursions, Sandy. I had never thought of David and Bathsheba for the Anonymous Parisian, but even with "David" below her, why not? In the Cary Sheet's Star, since I am looking at it closely now, I am not sure it is even a woman. The chest is flat, and even if you can convi...

Pope Joan - new evidence?

Interesting new twist to the Pope Joan story, from researcher Michael Habicht at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. https://www.livescience.com/63598-female-pope-joan-medieval-coins.html?utm_content=buffer32822&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook Basically, according to the article, “The ...

Re: That Word Again...Tarot

Mike, I think that despite all of our best efforts over a very long time, we still have not come to a consensus about the word. Maybe, there is one point of agreement - it was Italian first, and came to France via Savoy. Probably someone will disagree about the second part. Probably, in fact, someon...

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