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A majolica Tarocchi E-Series Re/King, c. 1470/1480

I’m visiting a sister in D.C. and visited the National Gallery of Art for the umpteenth time; caught a small exhibit yesterday that officially opens today that has an item of interest. The exhibit is “Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze,” April 1 – August 5, 2018. The item in...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

I still believe the Sola Busca is Venetian (most likely in connection to the annexation of Cyprus in 1489), who would have valued Alexander the Great’s precedent of conquering the “infidel” East, when under Persia, as the most fitting ancient exemplar when contemplating a counter blow to the Turks a...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

"There lies the Fate of Carthage!" https://scontent-frt3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22894071_1427239280727068_7950197880221844779_n.jpg?oh=d2109069f414af190c3e21170112d701&oe=5A6839A3 Hannibal, upon seeing his brother's severed head, cried: "There lies the fate of Carthage" -- his prophetic words were...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

As I said, it was a motif on many coins, over several regions and over several time periods - I gave an example of one coin without it any being of special relevance that it was Flavian, but perhaps more relevant than some other of many examples in that it also included the caduceus -- you are maki...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

As, I believe, Michael Hurst once noted - Nero, along with Nimrod (trump XX) and Nebuchadnezzer (XXI), were typified as Anti-Christs - That Kings of Babylon are the final triumphs of a series otherwise dedicated to Rome, seems clearly to allude to the traditional identification of Rome with Babylon...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

The dragon wings of Ipeo identify him clearly with the draconic forces - that 'will end in Babylon', as Alexander did, and as the final Beast will in the 'time to come' (ventur{i}o) -- the dragon is not shown destroyed, the deck is focussed on the historical beasts/secular powers, not on those to c...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

But a problem I have with an eschatological reading, especially one so focused on Babylon, is that it feels naggingly anachronistic to me for the 15th century - it feels to me more of a 16th century motif, when anti-catholic polemics so heavily conflated Babylon with Rome in its end of days narrati...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

Steve, Nice catches on the Alexander medieval myths, especially the tree and griffin-throne/aerial vehicle correlates in the Sola Busca. I found this on-line in regard to the griffin-throne: http://www.green-man-of-cercles.org/articles/alexander.pdf I find all of the known examples as somehow releva...

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