Category Archives: Art

A dog called Toby?… Stuart France

(Francesco Botticini) * Tobias was the only child of a blind, holy man, named Tobit, and his wife, Anna. Tobit sent his young son Tobias on an errand to a distant land to collect monies that were owed to him. … Continue reading

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Angels, Angels, everywhere III… Stuart France

* “The nine orders of Angelic Being mattered because the divisions echoed the Trinity and because they corresponded to the nine-fold partition of the heavens.” * * “From the Empyrean in descending order the spheres were those of the ‘first … Continue reading

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Angels, Angels, everywhere II… Stuart France

* “The Angelic Worlds had been set out as early as the fifth century AD by Dionysius the Areopagite who taught that the Angelic Beings were arranged in a definitive nine-fold order according to their capacities to receive the undivided … Continue reading

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A Harmony of Eight – Stuart France

* The point sits at the centre of the square, where its two diagonals intersect. * * From the same intersection, another square can be drawn at right angles to the first. Like this, we create eight equidistant points. * … Continue reading

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Angels, Angels, everywhere… Stuart France

* “The Elizabethans followed Medieval lines of belief with regard to the angels yet confused, omitted, or misunderstood many of the finer details.” * * “They were convinced that the angels, as agents of ‘pure intellect’, acted as intermediaries between … Continue reading

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Linking the Chain III… Stuart France

* “Despite Copernicus, the educated Elizabethan inhabited a geocentric universe whose movements were directed from a fiery, light-filled heaven, situated beyond the fixed stars, by a fiery, light-filled Super-Being.” * * “Between this, the ‘highest-heaven’, and the created universe was … Continue reading

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Linking the Chain II… Stuart France

* “The Elements, then, were not links in a simple chain but acted more as ‘inherent principles’ within the chain as a whole…” * * “Similarly, the perfected parts of inanimate nature, operated at heights far removed from what might … Continue reading

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