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Re: The Chariot

Yes, I have to resist the word "floats," as anachronistic. They used various terms, perhaps the most common in the literature is "tableaux vivants," since living people were often upon them, not just machines or sculptures. Not all of the trump subjects, though; I think the Traitor or Hanged Man was...

Re: The Chariot

Hi John, I'm glad we tuned into the same frequency. These days (and for a long time now), I'd say that I don't believe the designer intended for the Chariot to be taken as Prudence. I think the subjects were chosen mostly from recurring themes in the St John the Baptist and Magi parades in Florence,...

Re: The Chariot

It's an idea I investigated for a while, starting on Aeclectic Tarot and moving here, sometime around 2011. Google "auriga virtutum" "chariot" "tarot" for various places. On THF there is this thread. I deal with the Mantegna painting - http://forum.tarothistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=826&p=11764&h...

Re: The Chariot

Kaplan in his Tarot Encyclopedia I created the illusion, that this card means world, cause the standard theory of Kaplan's research time was, that Tarot had already a "mondo". Kaplan did not "create" the identification of this card as the World. Leopoldo Cicognara was the first to describe these ca...

Re: CY Swords fruit is neither quince nor pomegranate. It's medlar

Thanks, Nathaniel. Your arguments are persuasive, much stronger than mine in any case. The Love card represents the union of those two flags, and the only choice is Maria di Savoia. The same logic made Giuliana Algeri choose Bona di Savoia, married to Galeazzo Maria Sforza in 1468. I have always bel...

Re: CY Swords fruit is neither quince nor pomegranate. It's medlar

Thank you very much for Gabriele Reina's thesis, Nathaniel. If we establish any new standard for the CY (for Italian patriots, that is Visconti di Modrone), we can credit her and let her know. Why is the croce latina bianca in campo rosso not merely the stemma of Pavia, of which Filippo Maria was th...

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