Sacred and Profane Love

Sacred and Profane Love

Friday, 2 January 2015


Updated 6/7/2017
~Welcome my blog about the Sacred and Profane Love~
Critical pathways to this sites several analyses of 
Sacred and Profane Love:

Discusses the classical and archetypal identities of the three figures at the sarcophagus/fountain, as well as the fountain itself - the original, visual source, the geometric confirmation and philosophical raison d'etre.

Perhaps still the most important post on this site: The Zodiacal Metaphors reveal anti-clockwise sequential references to specific zodiacal houses hidden within the painting and which form an allegorical language designed to deliberately coincide with the paintings geometric arrangements.

Venice, Tenochtitlan and the Quest for the New World: The importance of the Twin Venuses in Maritime Cartography. 
Is the Sacred and Profane Love an encoded celestial map capable of the maritime navigation of the Southern hemisphere? What exactly was at stake here that the plan which underlies the Sacred and Profane Love should be concealed and encoded in this form? Columbus had returned to acclaim and adulation and the gateway to the possibility of new Southern lands as yet undiscovered had been breached....

Unravelling the Geometry & Locating the Heptagram (link)


The heptagram was employed by the Italians Cimabue (1240/50-1302?) Duccio (1255-1318), Giotto (1266/67-1337) Fra Angelico (1400-1455) and importantly marks the Sacred and Profane Love as a religious work belonging to an elite fraternity which sees the heptagram as evidence of a (geometrically based) mysticism invested by the artist. 

(A digression)


 The intention of this post was  to connect the child at the Fountain/Sarcophagus (S&PL) with the child with the 'wand' supposedly 'tapping apples' painted on the walls of the German trade headquarters in Venice by Giorgione. This post argues that contextually in both cases the child is Mercury and both are presented as winged babes. As both instances conceive Mercury in this unique manner it must be argued that these portrayals belong to the oeuvre of Giorgione. This connection can only be realised by deciphering the meaning of the Fondaco murals.


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