This is the story of Poliphile, the Knowledge Knight. We dedicate this to the pure players in the consulting business, and to Polia’s friends
The incunabula of the Renaissance called Poliphile’s dream recall a dreamed pilgrimage, amongst antic ruins. Behind this alleviating appearance lies a mystic text that had influenced significantly Renaissance’s period humanistic thinkers as well as Italian and French artists, from Pic of Mirandole, Alberti, Da Vinci, Copernicus, Galilee, François the 1st.
Under the lead of Polia, which symbolizes wisdom and knowledge (Cognoissance), standing in front of the fountain of life, where Aphrodite linked to Adonis, the hero Poliphile discovers the divine act which creates life.
Humanistic thinkers deduced that, in creation processes, one should try to retrieve the function of the visible world space, as a mirror of the invisible world. This is a way to emphasize the divine origin of the physical life in the visible world. This labyrinth like pilgrimage teach us that the most efficient way to approach metaphysic questions such as life creation and divine knowledge is to look carefully at the physical world, that is, the nature, and the way its rebirth each Spring.
Her name is Lucrezia
Poliphile’s vision tells us about the quest of Divinity. But to help us to better understand it, the author mixes in a love story between a teenage girl and his lover. Her name is Lucrezia, and she’s 13 years old. In 1462, 13 years old was the time where girls were usually engaged. On a spring morning of April, the teenage girl caps its long fair hair, drying with the sun. Leaning at a window of his father’s palace, she lets her shining hair streaming with the wind. A young man pass by, raise the eyes, see Lucrezia’s smiling face thru its gilded wicks, and praise for its beauty. His heart is on fire. This appends in the story told by Pholiphile. In the second act of the dream, the two lovers must face several challenges and finally find themselves beyond the curtains of the sleep and death.
Poliphile’s idyll, his quest of light beyond death recalls to us another well known story : Romeo and Juliet.