Astrolabes and Angels, Epigrams and Enigmas

From Regiomontanus' Acrostic for Cardinal Bessarion to Piero della Francesca's Flagellation of Christ. Inspired by two remarkable discoveries by Berthold Holzschuh
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ISBN-13:
9783515090612
Einband:
CD (AUDIO), 039
Erscheinungsdatum:
09.08.2007
Seiten:
348
Autor:
David A. King
Gewicht:
1013 g
Format:
247x182x25 mm
Serie:
56, Boethius
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

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 "The Flagellation of Christ" by Piero della Francesca. In this are five figures in a flagellation scene on the left and three "modern" figures on the right, including a bearded Greek and an "angelic" young man in cardinal red.

Over 40 interpretations of the three "moderns" have been proposed over the past 150 years.