Iconography
GODS & MYTHS
Venus
With Amor Alone Unspecific interactionsVenus standing
Neptune
Single figure Standing
AttributesTrident
MAGIC & SCIENCE
Astronomy and astrology
StarsNamed starsPollux (Rasalgeuse, Beta Geminorum)
StarsNamed starsCastor (Alpha Geminorum)
Geography
WeatherSt Elmo's fire
SECULAR ICONOGRAPHY
Symbols
Ships and vessels
Emblems
Miscellaneous
Imprese and personal devices
CyclesGirolamo Ruscelli, Le imprese illustri, Venice 1566
IndividualGonzaga, Isabella (1537-1579, Marchioness of Pescara)
Emblems, imprese and devices - catalogue
Metereological phenomenaSt Elmo's fireProtecting ship
Means of TransportShipShip protected by St Elmo's fire
Further details
Motto: MELIORA LAPSIS; showing the stars Castor and Pollux protecting the ship - normally, they are depicted either as stars on the firmament or, according to sailors' legends, as two flames of St Elmo's fire on the sail-yards. Here, the artist tried to combine both traditions.
ARTIST/CREATOR
Italian
DATE
1566
LOCATION
London, Warburg Institute
TEXT/BOOK/DOCUMENT (SOURCE OF PHOTO)
Ruscelli, GirolamoLe imprese illustri, Venice: Rampazetto, 1566
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Frances A. Yates, The Emblematic Conceit in Giordano Bruno's De Gli Eroici Furori and in the Elizabethan Sonnet Sequences, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 6 (1943), pp. 101-121, p. 110, pl. 34e
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