The comparition aims to point on similarities between the Artes Liberalis in the socalled Mantegna Tarocchi
and figures, which appear as bookpaintings of the Artes Liberalis in a 15th century manuscript of Marziano Capella's
"De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii", ms. Urb. Lat. 329, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cittą del Vaticano.
In the current situation we do not have more information to the manuscript, but it seems likely,
that the manuscript was created perhaps in the 70ies of 15th century during the reign of Federico Montefeltro,
who is reknown for his engagement for worthful manuscripts (and was duke of Urbino - the name of the manuscript
"ms. Urb. Lat. 329" indicates, that the manuscript was earlier in Urbino).
In the questions about Ludovico Lazzarelli, in which we research the hypothesis, that Lazzarelli took actively
influence on the
development of Mantegna Tarot against the alternative farspread hypothesis, that Lazzarelli filled his text De Gentilium Deorum Imaginibus
with pictures of an
already existing and complete 50-motifs-Mantegna Tarocchi, this observation builds an argument. Lazzarelli is said
to have found some pictures in a Venetian bookstore - with this he filled a manuscript, which he presented to the
above mentioned Federigo Montefeltro, duke of Urbino. Also it is said, that Lazzarelli found pictures of the
"artes liberales", however, in Lazzarelli's text the artes liberalis were not used.
Now we find 7 pictures with artes liberalis, and some of them are strikingly similar to the
socalled Mantegna-Tarocchi, as it finally was constructed, in another book of Federigo Montefeltro -
it seems, that Lazzarelli's "artes liberalis" found a place in this second manuscript.
2 motifs are striking similar: Logic and Music.
The other motifs show greater differences, but are in some points similar. Astronomia is the 7th art
in the Capella manuscript, the Mantegna Tarocchi knows as 7th art Poesia and at another position also Astrology, but both
do not correspond.
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