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VMs: Re: Spa architecture and inspirational sources
At 22:14 11/10/02 -0400, Luis Vélez wrote:
Indeed! but one can still find the ocassional exception to that partition
principle, as is the case of Lorenz Fries and his treaty on balneology.
I think finding potential candidates (like Fries) is extremely productive,
partly because it had to be someone (!) but also because non-matches may
make us more aware of what the matching criteria actually are. Key
(a) Was X capable of making the VMS?
(b) Why (or for whom) was the VMS made?
(c) What function did the VMS perform?
(d) What links X with the VMS?
(e) Why was the VMS financially necessary for X?
I'm also waiting for a reply from Richard Palmer, a specialist in Italian
Renaissance Spas (would you believe there is such a thing?).
I certainly would, well done for finding him! :-)
If you're asking him about the VMS' spas, please make sure that you ask him
if he knows of any Italian Renaissance spa built out of three separate *but
sequentially linked* buildings (in the way that the VMS pages - when
correctly reordered - describe).
If so, one key to cracking the VMS code may well be the "poem" page in the
VMS - if we can find the plaintext to that poem (which almost certainly
relates to the location of the three-section spa), we should stand an
excellent chance. :-)
With the progressive digitalisation of the manuscript and incunabula
collections everywhere, the systematic chase for Voynichean art fingerprints
has become something of a new sport - and a fun one, at that!
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....