The Laurentian Library
October 23, 2005 11:22 PM   Subscribe

Under Foot and Between the Boards in the Laurential Library "Within the Laurentian Library, the enigmatic masterwork of Michelangelo, there exists a complex geometric pavement that is hidden from view, little known about and shrouded with mystery...Why had an immensely complicated pavement been constructed, only to be covered over?"
posted by dhruva (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Looks awfully mosque like... Was Michelangelo a Muslim?
posted by Balisong at 11:26 PM on October 23, 2005

No, he was a turtle that used nunchukas.
posted by chasing at 4:14 AM on October 24, 2005

Looks like a Lament Configuration to me.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:16 AM on October 24, 2005

That's a fascinating essay, obviously pre-2000. I wonder if there are entreaties currently moving through the bureaucracies advocating clearing of the room (again) for further study of the floor panels? Great and puzzling post thanks dhruva.
posted by peacay at 5:52 AM on October 24, 2005

Fascinating stuff indeed. Thanks dhruva.
posted by jack_mo at 6:32 AM on October 24, 2005

Brilliant Post. Thanks.
posted by phrontist at 7:16 AM on October 24, 2005

This is an excellent post, and an excellent site linked. I'd never heard of this before. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise at 7:31 AM on October 24, 2005

Amazing post thanks dhruva !
posted by elpapacito at 7:37 AM on October 24, 2005

Cool post... and somewhere Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is shouting "KA-CHING!!"
posted by StarForce5 at 7:53 AM on October 24, 2005

Was this the place they went in the floor of in that Indiana Jones movie?
posted by 31d1 at 9:32 AM on October 24, 2005

After the noise (and fun) of Caps Lock day and the shrillness and hostility and nit picking and nastiness in Amerikafilter and ensuing metas this is like a breath of fresh air.
What a wonderful mystery. Why the cover up? It reminds me of The Name of the Rose.
Maybe the Sacred Geometry was considered heretical and profane.
Good and interesting post dhruva; thank you.
posted by adamvasco at 12:11 PM on October 24, 2005

Wasn't the indiana jones library in venice, not florence?
posted by nomisxid at 3:15 PM on October 24, 2005

Awesome post. Thanks for sharing it!
posted by anastasiav at 6:25 AM on November 3, 2005

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