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ARS NATURAM ADIUVAT.

Art assists nature

Emblema 97.

Ut sphaerae fortuna, cubo sic insidet Hermes:
Artibus hic variis, casibus illa praeest.
Adversum [=Adversus] vim Fortunae est ars facta: sed artis
Cum Fortuna mala est, saepe requirit opem.[1]
Disce bonas artes igitur studiosa iuventus,
Quae certae 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.

Notes:

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


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NATURA.[1]

Nature.

Emblema 96.

Pana colunt genies [=gentes] (naturam hoc dicere verum [=rerum] est)
Semicaprumque hominem, semivirumque Deum.
Est vir pube tenus, quod nobis insita virtus[2]
Corde oriens, celsa verticis arce sedet.
Hinc caper est, quia nos natura in saecla propagat
Concubitu, ut volucres, squamea, bruta, feras.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Hh8v f248v]Quod commune aliis animantibus, est caper index
Luxuriae, Veneris signaque aperta gerit.
Cordi alii sophian, alii tribučre cerebro:
Inferiora modus, nec ratio ulla tenet.

Pagans worship Pan, that is the force of nature, a man half-goat, a god half-man. Pan is a man down to the loins, because that power that is naturally present in us men rises from the heart and has its seat in the high citadel of the head. Below this he is goat, because Nature perpetuates us down the ages by sexual intercourse, as she does birds, fish, brute beasts and wild. This is a thing shared with other living creatures. The goat is a sign of licentiousness, and carries Venus’ standards unconcealed. Wisdom some have assigned to the heart, others to the head. The lower parts neither restraint nor reason governs.

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1.  This woodcut is also used for Emblem 72.

2.  Variant reading, hominum quod propria virtus, ‘because the power that is peculiar to men rises...’


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