Tag Archives: 15th Century

1494: The Poisoning of Pico della Mirandola

     The brilliant and audacious Humanist philosopher Pico della Mirandola died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 31. His life had been exceptional. A child prodigy who had left home at fourteen to study church law, Pico turned to … Continue reading

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1470: The Ox

Martin Schongauer: Ox (possibly with book) ~ symbol of St. Luke (1470-1490) In Christian iconography, the winged ox is the symbol of the evangelist Luke—traditionally seen as the animal of sacrifice and therefore linked to the sacrifice of Jesus himself.

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15th Century: The Ideal City

The Ideal City is the title given to three different paintings. The are generally referred to as The Ideal City of Urbino, The Ideal City of Baltimore, and The Ideal City of Berlin, according to where they are located—although all … Continue reading

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1495: Relationship Issues

Piero di Cosimo: A Satyr Mourning over a Nymph [The Death of Procris] (c. 1495) (source) In one version of the myth of Procris, her husband Cephalus abandons her for eight years to test her fidelity, and then, when he … Continue reading

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