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Esoteric Italy

Triest: Roman, Medieval, Modern

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Cathedral of Saint Justus & lapidarium

Benedictine Monastery and ruins of the medieval town wall

Roman triumphal arch (Arco di Riccardo) and ancient theatre

Old Stock Exchange

Jewish ghetto and Sinagogue

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Venice as you have never seen it

Church of San Francesco della Vigna, built by Jacopo Sansovino in collaboration with the Franciscan friar Francesco Zorzi, author of a hermetic compendium-book De harmonia mundi. The design of the building was influenced by sacred geometry principals related to the measures of Noah’s ark.

dodecahedron, San MarcoBasilica of San Marco, reliefs on the main door archivolt, showing astrological signs and the months of the year. The built in marble spoils brought from Constantinople. Iconography of the glittering mosaics in the interior, related to Cotton Genesis book. The platonic dodecahedron by Paolo Ucello on the floor.

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Astrological fresco cycles in Ferrara and Rimini

Ferrara

april mural at palazzo schifanoiaIn the famous Palazzo Schifanoia extended explanations will be given about the famous cycle of astrological frescoes in the Salone dei Mesi ("Hall of the Months"). The fresco decoration was ordered by Borso d'Este and executed in the years 1469–70 by Cosmè Tura, Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de' Roberti.

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Florence: Neoplatonism, Hermetism, Magic

Facade of the church Santa Maria Novella, designed by Leon Battista Alberti and the Sun symbolism (heliolatry) in Renaissance (Marsilio Ficino treaty De Sole and De lumine).

santo Sepolcro, San Pancrazio, AlbertiChurch of San Pancrazio and the replica of the Sacred Sepulcher, designed by Leon Battista Alberti on the model of the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem.

The choir of Sant'Annunziata by Alberti evocative of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Anastasis) in Jerusalem.

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Pagan Mysteries in Rome

Rim 1 4 - CopyThe church Santa Maria sopra Minerva and the site of the ancient Egyptian temple Serapeion on the Quirinal hill (Excursus: the oriental cults in Rome and magic).

The remains of the masonry structure of the bow, pertaining to the “Isis boat” (Naviglium Isidis) at the front of the Tiberine island.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini elephant carrying the obelisk, a citation from the novel Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Discourse about the fortune of the hieroglyphs in the Renaissance.

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