Sunday, April 30, 2006

(22) constellation Cancer

The first writer to identify the pink fountain in the left panel as the constellation Cancer was Anna Boczkowska, although Paul Lafond (1914) had described the scene as containing "…au milieu d'un lac, une petite île d'ou émerge une végetation étrange et colossale aux branchages en forme de princes de homard…" and O. Benesch (1957) wrote that "…the Fountain of Life … takes the forms of gigantic crab petrified in coral." Boczkowska thought that the main subject of the triptych was a conjunction of the sun and moon in the sign of Cancer in 1504.


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