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Old March 15th, 2012, 09:22 AM   #4
Pierre Galafassi
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Hi George and Marvin,

My warmest congratulations George , I did not notice them, but you are right, there are indeed six spotted animals with raised paw enclosed in blue or red octagons, the two closest ones being masked by the flowers. That makes this rug even more special: An "animal rug" with a truly unique design. The date of the painting (1340 !!) makes it roughly contemporaneous with the extant animal rugs.
Interestingly, five years later (1345) Lorenzetti painted another animal rug with spotted animals, without raised paw, in rows of red and blue octagons, which were themselves enclosed in rows of half yellow and half blue rectangles. (FIG 15 in "animal rugs").
Filiberto, would it be possible to add FIG 15 to this thread too, please?
Marvin, interesting association with the garden carpets: could you please elaborate on your idea? Are you hinting at the northwestern persian garden rugs of which there are extant examples from the sixteenth and seventeenth century?
Best regards
Pierre
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