Sunday, April 30, 2006

(23) constellation Gemini

Gemini (the Twins) can be identified without knowing exactly what the twins in the center panel represent. The group also resembles Leonardo's painting (now known from the copy by Melzi illustrated here), which shows the whole family: Leda, the swan, Castor and Pollux (the Gemini twins), and a second set of twins, Helen and Clytemnestra. The blue columbine flowers in front of the twins in El Jardín de las Delicias/The Garden of Delights are an echo of the ones at Leda's feet in the Melzi painting, too small to see here.


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