Friday, May 12, 2006

(34) chronology: 1519

The pink castle resembles the cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch, where Hieronymus Bosch lived, shown here in a photograph first published by Charles de Tolnay. But it also represents a Spanish language rebus. It is a tor de sillas, a tower with places to sit. When Cort├ęs went to what is now Mexico, it had already been determined by the Treaty of Tordesillas that what is now Mexico was in the part of the world that would belong to Spain. The town of Tordesillas was also where Juana I, the queen of Spain, lived. This is probably why the tor de sillas is much larger and more prominent than the mermaid and merman representing the initials CV.

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