“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Heraldry in the Streets
Another coat of arms that can be found on the Titche-Goettinger Building, of which building I spoke on this blog recently, in downtown Dallas is the arms of Spain, or at least, the quartered arms of Castile and León.
Overall, I find the design interesting, in that it can be taken as a comparatively simple shield (of Castile and León) on one of those florid shield shapes where parts of the edges are formed into rolls, a style popular in the 16th Century, which is placed on a shield shaped like a chamfron (horse head armor) popular in Italy in the 16th Century, itself placed on another one of those florid “scroll-ly” shields. (The styles are dated according to the chart of shield shapes in Ottfried Neubecker’s Heraldry: Sources, Symbols and Meaning.)
Why Spain, on the streets of Dallas? Well, because, of course, what is now Texas was originally claimed by Spain, before it was claimed by France, and later by Mexico, prior to becoming an independent republic.