Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Pontormo's "Supper" Revisited

Author and researcher Gary Osborn has commented on the significance of the angles in the painting shown in the previous post. He provides us with angles drawn:

"Here we see that one of the knives on the table is perfectly horizontal while the other knife is angled at 23.5 degrees. The triangle surrounding the eye appears to be a reference to the Great Pyramid as its side angles are 52 degrees. It is truly significant that these two angles are featured in the same painting - especially one that has an all-seeing eye in a pyramid or capstone positioned above Christ's head.

"Time and time again, we see these two angles - 23.5 degrees and 52 degrees turning up together in these paintings - especially paintings from the 17th century. However, this painting is 16th century - which still fits the time period. The 30+ John the Baptist paintings I have found that feature the 23.5-degree references were painted between the 16th and 18th centuries."

23.5 is, of course, the angle of the tilt of the Earth's axis of rotation, or angle of obliquity. See Osborn's great work on the subject: http://www.freewebs.com/garyosborn/235degrees.htm

Also relevant is the round silver plate that echoes the golden orb that encompasses the triangle. Again it's a case of pyramid and circle, just like the icon on the facade of the reputed tomb of Jesus and his family.


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Fascinating post! Gary's one smart guy, and really seems to be onto something. There's a lot to be learned here, I think. :-)

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