A conclusion with some remarks on the subject at hand.De Sphaera - Allegory Sforza
ALLEGORY - a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
First some remarks about your habit of quoting:De Sphaera - can be at least 3 different things in the MATERIAL world: a "ball" - a "celestial globe" or the orbit of celestial bodies.
The JPG you brought is (like often) out of context because it belongs to a work that like the "cards" didn't come with a #hashtag - so scholars who worked on it for quite some time decided to NAME it because of it's content:
Other works in the same tome (in a mythological sense) are (even on the 1st look) to be identified as "mythical" at least (unless you do not belong to the flock of The Latter-Day Saints I suppose):De Sphaera - Allegory Sforza
http://www.facsimilefinder.com/facsimil ... -facsimile
It doesn't get much more allegorical or mythical or alchemical like this I suspect but considering the other works in there to be of a much more "astrological" nature and content the scholars decided to put a lid on the pot and call it like others they already labeled from the same period an ASTROLOGICAL work.
But that is of less importance here.
What to ME is of importance here is HOW you proceeded with dragging this (not very) innocent beauty up and into your dark mundane alley.
You are (in my mind) willfully MISrepresenting the source that you got it from to make a point for your "home-team".
RESEARCH - in NO world - is NOT done like that!
Mythological pictures (Allegory [sic!] Sforza) tend to follow specific "rules" since the first pictures were drawn on the walls of caves. You could read some interesting things about that in modern works because from the gist you could take that there are "patterns" that seem to be somewhat intrinsic to humans in every culture and age when you know how to spot them and put them into (sometimes new) contexts ((like the swastika for example OR our KILIM (pattern))
Just as ONE example of authors that deal with such themes from an art-historian's POV - but 1 I would recommend to start with:
https://books.google.de/books/about/Pre ... edir_esc=y
http://www.amazon.de/Wiedergeburtsmagie ... ax+Raphael
Especially this last one (please copy > paste the link for possibly watching it) should concern you when... OK you don't - just saying...
And if you should feel obliged to judge the books by their cover like you do sometimes (or layout) - please don't. Read first.
And like I mentioned sometimes before it should be good to know about symbols and how they drift from one older culture to the offspring and others that on the outside seem not to be of the same kin. A very versed author in these fields is of course:
Michael S. Heiser
Here is an example from his work about "Angel(s)" that would fit right into our (not so?) allegorical category - but here from a literal POV:
http://www.thedivinecouncil.com/Whatisa ... TS2010.pdf
And naturally there are sharply contrasting reviews on the VERY same matter - BUT referring to the same knowledgeable background and educational standard (all the while they can not really touch the irritant stone):
http://israelitewatchmen.com/Emahiser/Y ... Elohim.pdf
Now imagine for a moment that someone who has not even been to college yet would "refute" the both POVs and to what possible purpose for The WORLD this would add?!
For the interested laymen in the psychological side of things (yes metaphors and symbols CAN have an effect on - or stem from - DREAMS and such... ) please start with Carl Gustav Jung for example...
When you read some and some others of these books you could look at the:
"De Sphaera - Allegory Sforza" and actually SEE the "celestial bodies" in their orbit like you would have them in a snapshot if you took a photo with your mobile (me: I don't have a cam on that device - I just use it for communication in old fashioned ways) or cam when you should have it "am Mann".
The HELMETS of course are in orbit AROUND The TREE and the VISCONTI take the FEMALE or lunar position on the LEFT - not on the right like you may think when you look at the allegory with uneducated eyes.
Mythological depictions are made for RITUAL thinking ( > Max R. above) and the VIEWER is IN the picture and looks at himself who stands there gazing and LEARNING. The PICTURE as (now) a person (a teacher) teaches the "apprentice" who showed up to watch and learn something new about The SFORZA:
That The VISCONTI are on the MOTHERLY side of The FAMILY & The WORLD (inheritance and ALL > WISDOM - KINDNESS - Spirituality...
All such traits are from ANCIENT times bound to the LEFT. The MOON is TOO. HERE.
NOT necessarily THERE where the CONTENT comes from. But being A LECTURE (Allegory) it is like a good school book made in a way that the PREschooler CAN understand.
Translated to political catholic terms of that long gone hour it means that the VISCONTI are The HOLY SEE (in that specific "private" RELIGION) and The SFORZA are the STRONG RIGHT ARM to enforce the divine word that was spoken by The DRAGON and provided for the waiting world by The VISCONTI - now being a very old "private" RELIGION the prophetess should be FEMALE and I bet you know her name(s)...
And did you know that:
Quite a sequacious choice for a work of this above matter - OR it could be coincidence as they say...Christoforo de Predis worked around 1471 as an illuminator for the Court of the Sforza. He was an outstanding artist of 15th century book illumination. De Predis was born around 1440/45, presumably in Milan. He was deaf-mute by birth.
This all should sound delusional and very very off and totally alien for your eyes...
((but you COULD make more sense of the older VISCONTI "cards" where WOMEN are not only slightly above the common (later) TAROT quota but also pursuing different "professions" in different "costumes" with different "staff" and unusual "requisites" what lead to a HORROR of misREADING by contemporary "researchers" - again: just saying!))
...but it's an:
So you could obviously search for other meanings for the JPG you brought BUT NOT in REAL events!ALLEGORY - a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.