Is Temperance always depicted with wings? I'm just wondering because the other two cardinal virtues, Justice and Fortitude, usually don't have them.
northsea said:Is Temperance always depicted with wings? I'm just wondering because the other two cardinal virtues, Justice and Fortitude, usually don't have them.
And even in the Marseilles they’re only strapped-on (by some mother, no doubt, acting in a morality play for children). You can see where the fabric hides the strap as it crosses her shoulder-blades. I noticed this because it falls at the back of the shoulders in the tree-calendar version of the (closed or circular) zodiac in man, by its number that is (being L-luis-rowan-14, the month following that of Yule).jmd said:Neither the Cary Sheet depiction nor the Visconti-Sforza version of Temperance depicts wings.
I would be very interested in seeing examples: I find this character fascinating.jmd said:The holding of the jug or jugs reminds me, in any case, of depictions of Miriam the Jewess (alchemist) of late-antiquity fame.
Then how do you explain the cloth gathered across her breastbone? An ascot? (Noblet is a crude example to build a case on, surely.)As to whether the wings are 'tied' to the back of the angelic figure as though a human being involved in ritual play, I personally doubt it: the image on the Noblet, for example, seems to clearly depict a winged figure, not a human to which is attached wings - the two are a little different.