Professor Dr. Antony P. Mueller
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domingo, 13 de novembro de 2016
Medieval Europeans had noses, eyes and ears — and they used them
BALTIMORE — It can be dizzying to keep up with all the numbers that had symbolic significance during the Middle Ages. There was, of course, the union of three in the Holy Trinity, four cardinal virtues, five wounds delivered to Christ, seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and 39 names for Jesus Christ. And not all the numbers expressed religious symbolism. There were also four points on the compass, four seasons and four phases of the moon, plus five essences and five categories for living things, and seven liberal arts. An engrossing exhibition at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore focuses on the five senses as a unifying theme, and its basic argument: that the men and women of medieval Europe were ...