Melencolia-More Secrets of the Magic Square-the 3


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The “3” pane of the magic square

Copyright Dr. Elizabeth Garner, Aug 6, 2014, All Rights Reserved

The magic square in Melencolia fascinates everyone and we have already this magic square begin to yield its secrets.  Now we will turn to each pane of the magic square and see what secrets might be hidden there:


What you see above is the “3” pane next to the upper left hand corner “16” pane of the magic square.  It looks like there is nothing remarkable in this pane once again.  And that’s where the genius of the Duerers once again becomes displayed.  Lets take a closer look at what is really in this pane:

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The “3” pane of the magic square reveals its secrets


Much is hidden in this pane as we can see from the many number of arrows that point to the enciphering that is nautical in meaning, in keeping with what else we have found that refers to the sea, sailors, and nautical themes. Notice how this numeral is constructed in two parts rather than as a smooth continuous line in making the numeral. Duerer was an expert in making numbers and letters, he wrote a manual in 1525 on how to do this.

The following are pointed to by the arrows:

1. The yellow arrow points to something that looks like a “B” attached to the right side of the numeral 3

2. The  red arrow points something attached to the left side of the pane which appears to be a sea slug or eel, continuing the nautical and sea themes with this print

3.  The green arrow points to two more coffins, which we’ve found hidden around this print

4. The peach arrow points to an object attached to the left side of the pane, unidentified at the moment

5. The purple arrow is pointing to a face of some sort, which has a tubular snout

6. The turquoise arrow is pointing to something something that is sitting on top of the two separate parts of how the 3 is constructed.  It looks like some sort of insect. But this top part of the 3 is actually an eel or sea slug on which the insect sits, continuing the nautical and sea themes within the print

More to come!


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