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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0188 Wednesday, 28 April 2010
From: S. L Kasten <
Joseph Egert wrote:
>...typologists of the era never wearied in their 'backstories' of
To those who would dismiss these comments as hopelessly arcane, I would suggest the ideas may in fact have had some currency. A mere few years before the birth of Shakespeare another giant, Michelangelo, had just about completed a tomb facade featuring Moses the Lawgiver, on view today in the church of Santa Pietro in Vincolo in Rome. Moses, flanked by Leah and Rachel, are the only figures done by master, the others, including the pope who had commissioned the work and the Virgin Mary, having been done by his assistants.
The commentary in the guide book Art & Architecture ROME, (Koenemann ,Cologne 2001) reads "The Biblical female figures of Leah ("active love") and Rachel ("faith") ... symbolize the active life (vita activa) and the contemplative life (vita contemplativa)." (Except for the outside quotation marks, the brackets and quotation marks are the book's editor's.)
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