LEOPOLD OF AUSTRIA (13th century)
Compilatio … de astrorum scientia decem continentis tractatus
Venice: [Jacobus Pentius, for] Melchior Sessa and Petrus de Ravanis, 15 July 1520
INSPIRING ANGELS was a project I worked 2 years ago, dreaming about stars, sky maps, astrology and searching for the magic source of inspiration.
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There is no place in the whole world like Rome and there is no need to talk about its wonders, but the traditional astrologer should not miss the wonderful Villa Farnesina, on the shore of river Tiber. The name Farnese derive from the famous Cardinal Alessandro Farnese who bought the Villa in 1577, but it was built by Agostino Chigi, well known in Rome and in the rest of Europe as the richest man in the world, so to be called The Magnificent.
At his death, in 1520, Agostino was buried in a chapel built by Raphael where planets from their domiciles guarded him in his eternal sleep. But Agostino was not new to astrology. For one of the central halls of his villa Baldassare Peruzzi had painted for him a very peculiar astrological ceiling, where planets and constellations had been depicted as in the real sky.
The enigma of the ceiling was hidden throughout all these centuries, until 1912 when the famous art historian Aby Warburg suggested that the ceiling could be the painted birth chart of Agostino Chigi.
Just few words from a great article you can read here: http://www.heavenastrolabe.net/villafarnesina/
In modern astronomy, a constellation is an internationally defined area of the celestial sphere. These areas are grouped around asterisms (which themselves are generally referred to in non-technical language as “constellations”), which are patterns formed by prominent stars within apparent proximity to one another on Earth’s night sky.
There are also numerous historical constellations not recognized by the IAU or constellations recognized in regional traditions of astronomy or astrology, such as Chinese, Hindu and Australian Aboriginal.
Ptolemy lies prostrate at the feet of the Tychonic and Copernican models, saying “I will rise again!” He didn’t. This was the book that Galileo was supposed to write.