Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Natura Potentior Ars

Here is today's emblem and distich by Joachim Camerarius, 2:21. The cub referred to in the verses is a bear cub, as you can see in the emblem. Legend had it that bear cubs were born as shapeless masses of flesh which their mothers then had to lick into shape. You can read about this legend and see more illustrations at the Medieval Bestiary website.

Natura Potentior Ars
Ars polit, haud fingit, natura utrumque ministrat,
Quantum dissideant, indicat hic catulus.

Here is the vocabulary:

natura - nature
potens - powerful, capable
ars - art, skill
polio - smooth, polish
haud - not
fingo - mold, form, fashion
utrumque - each, both
ministro - serve, attend to, supply
quantum - how much
dissideo - disagree, be different
indico - indicate
hic - this, this one
catulus - cub