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Raphael - Sistine Cherubs with Dulcimer

Raphael (1483-1520) Rapahel's famous cherubs were previously known to have been painted in several different settings, from the famous Sistine Madonna, to the Cherubs on Greeting Card for Pope Julius II, to the lesser known Cherubs in Saloon with Beer and Cigars and Cherubs and Dogs Playing Poker (oil on black velvet). With computer extrapolation and enhancement, we have uncovered the rest of the dark rail on which the Sistine Cherubs rest their arms. From the library of Decepzia Borgia - (1536-1490)


Leonardo's Dulcimore Meccanico


Leonardo DaVinci's (1452-1519) design for a mechanized dulcimer, the dulcimore meccanico, has been studiously ignored by DaVinci scholars, and will probably continue in this state for good reasons. The double dulcimers would have been played by five hammers each, driven by cam wheels, as the device was pulled, although the sketch also shows a hand crank. In this view, the second dulcimer is hidden.

From the library of Decepzia Borgia - (1536-1490)

Botticelli's Birth of Venus - First Draft

The most famous painting by Sandro Botticelli (1444?-1510) is his completed Birth of Venus, in which the goddess is depicted rising from the sea on a seashell. Thouroughly intrusive scholarship by Professori Fraudio Deceptini led to the discovery of this incomplete draft, in which Venus appears to be standing on what appears to be a large beached dulcimer. - Original in the Parodio Deceptini Museum

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