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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]


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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