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Potentia amoris.

The power of Love


Nudus Amor viden’ ut ridet, placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat habet.[1]
Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem,
Scilicet ut terrae iura det atque mari.

Do you see how Love, all naked, smiles, do you see his gentle glance? He has no torches, nor a bow to bend, but in one of his hands he holds flowers, in the other a fish, to impose his rule, of course, on land and sea.


Amor Cupido puerulus, nudus astat, subri-
dens, perquām amabili & blando vultu, nec
ignem secum habet, nec tela, nec arcum, sed al-
tera manu flores gerit, altera verō piscem
ostendit, significans potentiam suam, tam in
mari quām in terra validam, flores nanque
terrae, pisces autem maris sunt, ut omnes
Poëtae pleni. Egregič autem post sexcentos
poëtas, de potestate amoris canit etiam Cri-
libro primo poëmatum.


1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See [A56a081] and [A56a097].

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  • 'Acqua', 'Carro dell'acqua' (Ripa) [21D0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Forza d'amore, Forza d'amore si nell'acqua come in terra' (Ripa) [56F2515] Search | Browse Iconclass
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  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generositīŋŊ dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virtīŋŊ del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of conce [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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