Lorredan wrote:The Duke of Milan entered Milan on the 25th March 1450- the day of The Annunciation. He decided to dedicate a charitable institution to Annunciata a municipality of the Provence of Brescia. This new foundation was 'Spedale della Nunciata' and in 1456 the 'Magna Domus Hospitalis' or Ca'Granda went into operation. The Magna Domus was the largest undertaking of the 15th century and the 'Ospedale Maggiore' was born. It is said he did this to gain the affection of it's people (Brescia) who were followers of the Visconti, even though he was already married to Bianca Visconti at the time.
Lorredan wrote: He entered Milan on the Feast of the Annunciation.
From fairly early on, Michaelmas was an important holiday, the religious or Christian equivalent of the autumn equinox. In England, it was considered the start of a new quarter. It marked the start of a new business year, a time for electing officials, making contracts, paying rent, hiring servants, holding court and starting school. Obviously we still see the remnants of this in the timing of our elections and school year.
The organisation’s insignia used to bear the scene of the Annunciation and the Latin motto "ave gratia plena" ("hail, full of grace"). Later it was simplified to a picture of the dove of the Holy Spirit.
Inside the Golgi Institute there are still some traces of the church and the women's convent of Santa Chiara, which took the place of the original monastery of San Martino in the 1400's. Going up to the first floor of the building on the east side, you can see the wing of the cloister with 15 serizzo granite columns and part of the cross vault of the church. On the inside there is a canvas by Camillo Procaccini and an interesting fragment (a Madonna with Child) originating from the chapel of the Annunciation which was decorated in 1470 by Galeazzo Maria Sforza
Italian WikipediaThe history of the canal begins on June 3, 1443, date of a document by Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, approving an ambitious project put forward by a group of illustrious Milanese citizens led by Catellano Cotta, the duke's administrator for the salt monopoly. The project aims to deviate the River Adda and thus build a canal for irrigation and to feed up to 16 mill wheels. The design included a water intake positioned just below the castle of Trezzo sull'Adda, where the natural course of the river narrows, therefore producing a current sufficient to guarantee a constant flow of water. The canal was to run alongside the river until Cassano d'Adda, where it would curve away in a south-westerly direction towards Milan. Because of the political situation of the time, nothing happened until 1457, when Francesco Sforza's edict, underwritten by Cicco Simonetta, marked the start of design work. The project was seen as being of great public benefit: since the war between Milan and Venice, Sforza had realised the military and economic potential of a navigable canal in an area that, at the time, was considered to be of strategic importance to the dukedom. So he modified the original project, to put it into a wider context giving the city of Milan a water connection to the Rivers Adda and Ticino.
Is the question, rather, whether the particular combination of themes we would recognise as "tarot" existed before they were placed on cards in the early 1400s?
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