Astrolabes and Angels, Epigrams and Enigmas

Astrolabes and Angels, Epigrams and Enigmas

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On the astrolabe presented by the young German astronomer Regiomontanus to his ageing patron Cardinal Bessarion there is a Latin epigram and the image of an angel. The former is a geometrically-arranged acrostic with eight hidden vertical axes. Of these, the two principal ones correspond precisely to the two principal axes of the enigmatic painting qThe Flagellation of Christq by Piero della Francesca. In this are five figures in a flagellation scene on the left and three qmodernq figures on the right, including a bearded Greek and an qangelicq young man in cardinal red. Over 40 interpretations of the three qmodernsq have been proposed over the past 150 years. In this book, David King shows how clusters of letters across the epigram reveal double or multiple identities for each and every one of the eight persons in the painting. The only new person in the drama is Regiomontanus, whose epigram provided the inspiration for the painting. His image embodies three talented young men close to Bessarion who had recently died, and also symbolizes the cardinal's hope for the future.Astronomy in the Service of Islam, Aldershot: Variorum, 1993. , aquot;(Byzantine Astronomy)aquot;, a review of David Pingree, The ... Manual (1987), in his 82 (1991), pp. ... Sigrid Glockzin-Bever and Martin Kraatz, eds., in Asthetik - Theologie - Liturgik (Munster: LIT Verlag), 26 (2003), pp. ... rev. edn., Aldershot: Variorum, 1993. , Mathematical Astronomy in Medeval Yemen - A Bio-Bibliographical Survey, Malibu, Ca.

Title:Astrolabes and Angels, Epigrams and Enigmas
Publisher:Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh - 2007


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