Good, that you note this. ..
It remembers me to the pope-with-donkey lot book, where the emperor is connected to the hare and the hare is often connected to the moon.
If this sun=pope and moon=emperor fashion came up with pope Innocenz III (as Dante indicated according Phaeded), it has some logic.
Innocenz III (1198-2016) ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Innocent_III
... was a young man (37 in 1198) and soon a strong pope, after Barbarossa ( - 1190) had been a strong emperor. Barbarossa drowned on the crusade, and the Empire dropped in a crisis, with internal fights about the question, who should be the next emperor. Innocenz expanded the power of the church, invited by the weakness of the other forces. Innocenz participated in the attack on Constantinople 1204, where the crusaders had a fine quadriga robbed, good for triumphal gestures.
The quadriga came to Venice and decorated the place of St. Marcus place, but who claimed the fame ...?
Do we know, how old this picture is?
Innocenz became then also responsible for the attack on the Cathars.
... :-) ... I don't know, to which degree one should call his activities "typically Christian activities", but they are history.
Perhaps Phaeton not knowing how to drive would explain the random order of the zodiac in the Minchiate! :)
... a nice joke ... perhaps with some truth. It's an observation, that these "chaotic zodiacs" (it's a group, the Minchiate isn't alone, there is for instance the pope-with-donkey lot book) start with "Libra", the sign for marriage.
I remember a chaotic zodiac in the lotbook of Lorenzo Spirito (1482), which possibly was initiated by editions of the Fränkische Losbuch. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=442&hilit=lorenzo+spirito
It uses a 20-20-20-20 structure, which "somehow" also appears in Minchiate. Lorenz has 20 Kings at the begin and 20 prophet at the end, but in the middle part is much chaos:
First "chaos with 20" (I noted):
Luna - Sole (moon - sun) GREAT PAIR
Scorpione - Stella (scorpio - star) ??? death-star ??? mixed zodiac ???
Alicorno - Diamante (unicorn - diamond ring) WEDDING PAIR
Grifone - Core (grifon - heart shot by Eros) EROTIC ??? I don't understand the Grifon
Pesscie - Buve (fish - bull) ... zodiac ???
Cancer - Serene (cancer - sirene) ... both belong to water, mixed zodiac
Cervio - Dragone (stag - dragon) I don't understand
Lione - Cavallo (lion - horse) I don't understand, mixed zodiac
Cane - Porcho (dog -swine) I don't understand
Gallo - Vergene (cock - virgin with unicorn from the right; virgin looks "ordered")
Second "chaos with 20" (my notes)
1. Sole - these are planets
2. Saturno - ...
3. Venus - ...
4. Marte - ...
5. Luna - ...
6. Mercurio - ...
one expects now Jupiter, but now in pairs follows
7./8.Taurus - Gemini ... that are zodiac signs
9./10. Montone (that's a joke of the author ...looks like Aries, but what is it?) - Sagitario is zodiac sign
11./12. Aquario - Aries (Zodiak)
13./14. Capricorno - Cancer (Zodiak)
15./16. Scorpione - Apollo (on a triumphal chariot) ... well, Scorpio is zodiac, but Apollo is on triumphal march
17./18. Cristallina ???? ... that's the heaven of the stars and then follows Iove (= Jove) (as emperor - or helmed man - with eagle shield)
19./ 20. Virgo (again with unicorn, but now from other side) - Libra
There "Libra" appears not first, but as last of 40, and Virgo with unicon appears twice, first in order, and a little bit deranged - short before Libra.
My older analysis got then an AHA-effect ...
Now focus at the central part, and there is an Aha-perspective ... SEX ... the whole is about SEX. FEAR - HOPE - GELOSIA and Amore, that was Boiardo's analysis ... here the author has more sense for the details of the fears. What is SEX ... in the eyes in the not-disturbed virgin? And what are her fears? Is SEX like dog with swine, lion with horse, stag with dragon, cancer with Sirene, fish with bull?
Here is the virgin and she appears still not disturbed at the end of the row as Nr. 20 in the first group after the 20 kings:
and here appears another, rather relaxed version of virgin (a little deranged, cause she isn't virgin anymore) with the unicorn at the left side (before it was at the right) at position Nr. 19 of the second group, which I still haven't shown ...
... and this number 19 is followed by a nice looking young man with a libra in his hand at position Nr. 20 of the second group (who had been in the first group an approaching Gallo = cock with specific intentions) .
Well, another strange zodiac chaos with Libra not at begin, but at the end.
Gemini was then presented as a united male-female pair:
The Fränkische Losbuch used Adam+Eve for Gemini:viewtopic.php?f=11&t=663
The recently detected Heidelberg lotbook with "32 animals with zodiac" (with similarity to the Fränkische lot book) knows in one of his two orders Libra as the first sign:viewtopic.php?f=11&t=663&start=49
It starts with ..
01 Wag (zodiac Waage/Libra, FL 1)
02 Gauch oder Guguck (cuckoo, new)
03 Esel (donkey, FL 22)
04 Falck (falcon, new)
05 Nachtigal (nightingale, FL 16)