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Re: Temperance

Why would Artemis sprout a penis? Re: Invisibility by Ross G. R. Caldwell on 12 Apr 2010, 09:28 I have to admit I "see" a phallus - or the typical way a phallus might be represented in the 15th century, pointed at the end. There is a curl at the end, suggesting a flower. Maybe the figure really is a...

Re: Temperance

Searching for "temperanza cervo" and "temperance deer" led me to a page with a description of Catholic symbolism for animals - "STAG/HART/DEER/HIND: Piety.Faithful Christian longing for God. Christ the Savior. The stag takes its symbolic significance from Psalm 41:1: " As the hart panteth after the...

Re: The Star

I found statements from this thread about the Star card that I would like to respond to with my opinions. "In classical imagery, the obvious interpretation for a female figure representing a Star is Venus (the Leber deck and the all-trumps Folengo sonnet confirm this in a Tarot context)." - Marco M...

Re: The Hermit

Ross wrote: You've got it backwards, Phaeded. As far as art history knows, Temperance had it first, allegories of Time had it second, and Saturn had it after both. The hourglass did not become part of Saturn's iconography until well after its appearance here - the earliest known image of an hourgla...

Re: The Popess

No problem Marco - happy to admit when I'm wrong (especially when I find the damning evidence ;-). Mike, Not sure how much this will interest you - but this article discusses an interesting Cremonese cycle of frescoes commissioned by the general of the Umliati order who was also a major backer of th...

Re: The Popess

Mike, As one who once shared your opinion, let me offer this: unless the cards were strictly for distribution among a circle of Visconti family members conversant with the Manfreda episode, then the habit of the "Faith" card (and that is truly what I think it was intended to be) would only be unders...

Re: Stendhal, "papesse Jeanne", and the "cojononon"

Ross wrote: … but at least we know it isn't Bergamo. Not only are the sides wrong, but the colors are wrong too. I’m not sure why you are so anxious to dismiss the PMB-Bergamo possibility based on Bergamo sources not contemporary with the PMB – especially with the most important piece of evidence y...

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