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Re: VMs: RE: crenelations

John Grove wrote:
	The dove-tail battlements are certainly a unique identifiable feature that
helps place the manuscript in the neighbourhood of northern Italy. Is there
any chance that there is a plaza or bridge that would meet the rough outline
of the rather unique one attached to the top left rosette that would further
aid in providing a locale?



It is new to me that these are called ghibelline battlements (Ghibelline vs. Guelph). There are other pictures to be found on the Web. An inventory might be worth while for future reference. First use would be a probable early limit to the drawing. I say "probable" because it is an obvious improvement that could occur to an artist and "first use" might not be recorded correctly. I'll say very probable.

There was a square, not round, tower at the side, not center, of a bridge in Florence in a painting (c.1490). The painting shows other bridges and one under construction. One of these may be the one bridge that survived WW2. One has a gatehouse at either end. The one with the tower supported two large buildings and another had three smaller buildings. Looking at the other rosette connectors some might be causeways, castle or city fortified entrances, mountain passes, symbolic whatever, or prominent scenery, undoubtedly discussed in the past. If this were the only part of the VMS to survive it would still be a good mystery. In another painting, there are many tall smokestacks but they are fluted. I do not think the straight tubes in the VMS represent smokestacks. Or volcanic stems.


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