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Why is the form of the CY “World” the only arch?

All of the other 15th century hand-painted or engraved “worlds” are a tondo/mirror shape featuring an urban or urban-dotted landscape view ( veduta ), typical of representations of the earth at the center of concentric cosmological diagrams. Why then does the oldest known example, the CY, not confor...

Re: From Marziano to the Cary-Yale and the Ludus Triumphorum

Phaeded wrote But following the logic that a matrix (4x4 in your case) might be meaningful in its own right, into which new wine might be poured into old, wouldn’t we need some indication that the number 16 was not only related to the content but prominently placed among the other civic symbols of ...

Re: From Marziano to the Cary-Yale and the Ludus Triumphorum

…[Guidici] fresco has a circle suggesting the city of Florence, inside which, between the leaves of a quadrifoil inside the circle, are four rectangles with four standards in each, representing the 16 districts of the 4 quarters of the city. This 4x4 structure is suggestive in itself, but what tips...

Re: Cardinal virtues series in two Florentine guild halls

Phaeded wrote, My broader point is Milan and Florence were at odds - Milan would not imitate something so emblematic of Florentine as her 16 neighborhoods (e.g., extolled in Bruni's panygeric; the CY, on the other hand, carefully festoons the novel Florentine ur-tarot with its own signs, featuring ...

Re: Galeazzo Maria Sforza's "quatro triomphi" in Ferrara, 1457

Galeazzo Maria’s offhand remark calling the allegories “triumphs” then implies that the term was current among youths of his class who played the game as well. He recognized the genetic resemblance of subject matter in the displays before him, and simply used the term he knew best for these sorts o...

Re: Cardinal virtues series in two Florentine guild halls

It seems to me that the Sforza Castle Fortitude is holding hammers/mallets. They complement the drafting/measurement tools in the hands of Prudence. I couldn't follow your argument about the "World" on Fortitude's stylized shield. If it's an attribute of Fortitude, how does that show anything about...

Re: Cardinal virtues series in two Florentine guild halls

Prudence with a drafting/building tool is also seen in Visconti Milan, as in my photo below, taken in the Sforza Castle Museum. I think from left to right it is Justice, Temperance, Prudence, and Strength. Their names would seem to be above them, but I can't make out enough of the letters. We tend ...

Re: Cardinal virtues series in two Florentine guild halls

Huck, I'm not sure why you resorted to Wiki when I provided the link to a worthy doctoral thesis describing this in more depth. From that thesis, a clarifying schematic: Guidici schematic.JPG http://forum.tarothistory.com/download/file.php?id=2085 But I'm not sure why you are still driving square pe...

Cardinal virtues series in two Florentine guild halls

Images of these series are fairly hard to find on the web, so remedying that here. I was in Florence in early April and lucked out in gaining access to the Palazzo dell'Arte della Lana‎ (the powerful Wool guild) by attending a special event (I saw a five piece brass chamber music event at night for ...

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