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EMBLEME XXV.

Ce qui gardoit jadis d’un Empereur la cendre,
Ores de chasteau sert l’Evesque Romain.
C’est raison que l’auteur de mort au monde vain
Es lieux vouez mort son logis aille prendre.[1]

Notes:

1. The image clarifies the meaning of this emblem: it is the Castel Saint’ Angelo in Rome, originally a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, but converted into a Papal residence. The building to the left is probably meant to be Saint Peter’s, likening its never-ending reconstruction and expansion in the sixteenth century to the doomed Tower of Babel - a product of vanity, which ultimately drove its builders mad - as perhaps is shown in this image by men jumping off the roof.



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