Themes of the plates

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Themes are:

– Peacocks
– Intermingling animals
– Empty Plates

Those plates are ruder in cutting than other plates and they show no attempt at variety of invention, but variety enough to keep the eye entertained! Probably they are a distinct and apprehend reference to the power of evil. Birds or beasts either stand opposite to each other with a small pillar or spray of leafage between them, or tearing and devoring each other
They are Byzantine symbols.

Peacocks:
The peacocks are drinking from a fountain or from a font. This composition is a symbol of the new life received in faithful baptism. Peacocks are used in preference to any other bird. They are a Byzantine Symbol of the Resurrection.

Ruder in cutting than other plates
Show no attempt at variety of invention
But variety enough to keep the eye entertained
Probably a distinct and apprehend reference to the power of evil
Birds or beasts either stand opposite to each other with a small pillar or spray of leafage between them, or tearing and devoring each other
Byzantine symbols

The original order of the plates:

A cross was an invariable element in the order of the plates, it was either placed in the centre of the archivolt or of the doorway or in the centre of the first story above the windows. Of each side of the crosses the circular was used in various alternation.

At the Istituto statale D’arte for example the order of the plates ist right but they are attached very high and touch the top level so it might not be the original position of the plates.

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