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EMBLEMA LVIII.

Ars naturam adiuvans.

Art assisting nature

Ut Fortuna Pilae,[1] cubo sic insidet Hermes:
Artibus hic, variis casibus illa praeest.
Adversus vim fortunae est ars facta: sed artis
Cum fortuna mala est saepe requirit opem.[2]
Disce bonas artes igitur studiosa iuventus,
Quae certè secum commoda sortis habent.

As Fortune rests on a sphere, so Hermes sits on a cube. He presides over the arts, she over the varied chances of life. Art was developed to counteract the effect of Fortune, but when Fortune is bad it often needs the assistance of Art. Therefore, studious youths, learn good arts, which bring with them the benefits of an outcome not subject to chance.

Das LVIII.

Kunst hilfft der Natur.

Gleich wies glück auff einer Kugel stat
Also Mercuri sein sitz hat
Auff dem Würffer dann dieser thut
Herrschet uber Kunst, sie ubers Gut
Wider deß Glücks gewalt und list
Die Kunst erfunden worden ist
Die hilfft offt dem Glück auff die Füß
Was es ist arg böß mit verdrieß
Der halben liebe jugend sey
Fleissig und lehrn gut Kunst dabey,
Die dann mit sich tragen auff dem Rück
Vil nutzbarkeit und grosses Glück.

Notes:

1.  Other editions have ‘Ut Sphaerae Fortuna...’.

2.  Variant reading: Adversus vim Fortunae est ars tuta, ‘Art is safe against the power of Fortune’.


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    • hexahedron, cube [49D452] Search | Browse Iconclass
    • Luck, Fortune, Lot; 'Fato', 'Fortuna', 'Fortuna aurea', 'Fortuna buona', 'Fortuna pacifica overo clemente', 'Sorte' (Ripa) (+ abstract concept represented by female figure) [54F12(+11)] Search | Browse Iconclass
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    • specific aspects, allegorical aspects of Mercury; Mercury as patron [92B57] Search | Browse Iconclass
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