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Re: Pratesi on birthtrays, cassoni, Petr. mss. & parades (now 2)

...as Ser Giusto Giusti did a decade earlier, simply saying "I want a trionfi deck" without any need to specify what that meant. "Naibi di trionfi" alone was enough, everyone knew what that meant, and this was 1440! The caveat to that statement is there is no earlier use of that term (it was a nove...

Re: Pratesi on birthtrays, cassoni, Petr. mss. & parades (now 2)

I freely admit the earlier versions of Diana at her bath (seen by Actaeon) and even the Venus exemplar are likely variations on courtly love and the medieval Garden of Love theme (not planetary Venus or the moon, in Diana's case), but the theories about the rules of attraction (see Dante, for instan...

Re: Pratesi on birthtrays, cassoni, Petr. mss. & parades (now 2)

Sandy, You wrote: As Carli writes, there is nothing from Virgil or Homer on trays from the start of the century. Petrarch and Boccaccio are packed with classical mythology, and in 1410 they were popular, even in vogue, but mythology from their poems was not painted on birth trays, and with very few ...

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...

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