A few of my favorite things…

See what my new reproduction of the illustrations from Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible has to offer!

  • Apocalyptic rhetoric – in this case, the real deal, the Book of Revelation
  • Reptiles – here we have the Beast from the Pit looking like a Komodo Dragon
  • Architecture – John measures the heavenly temple
  • No-holds-barred satire – The lizard wears the Pope’s hat!
  • Bob Dylan? – Whoa, two witnesses with tongues of fire.  Swear that’s in one of his songs somewhere!

[Feb. 13]  Could it be that this dragon image from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili could be the source of the iconography in the image at the head of this post?  A dragon/lizard in the cathedral/temple?  How odd that would be as a source of Protestant anti-papal graphics!

5 Responses to A few of my favorite things…

  1. Hungover Guy says:

    As much as I can understand right now, I think you’re right!

  2. Man of Roma says:

    I love 1, 2 and 5 too, especially 1 and 5, immensely. 3 I am obsessed-surrounded by architects here, and am too ignorant. 4 I didn’t get it.

  3. lichanos says:

    No. 4:

    C’mon, a reptilian beast with a papal tiara? What’s to get?

  4. Man of Roma says:

    How silly, nothing to get, you’re right. I just didn’t watch the picture well.

    • lichanos says:

      Well, maybe there is something to get after all. See my note on this post relating to dragon-in-the-cathedral imagery…Perhaps there is an art historical theme here worth researching: Reptilian visitors to sacred architecture in secular and religious iconography of the early post-Renaissance period.

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