Unformatted text preview: that literal, it changes that oracle of the lion into an imae of the man Leo. Literally here’s a guy telling the emperor leo that this is what they oracle says, something bad will happen to you. These courtiers are much taller than Leo as depicted which is interesting. You never find this in byzantine art. The emperor is always taller than everyone except Christ and virgin but here it’s different. These nobodies are much more prminent but additionally, this figure who’s supposed to be the empress is also taller than him which is cmplete distortion of gender heirrchies, the empress would never be taller than the emperor. Why is this so? In the one case, he is a villain so he wont be hown as great byzantine emperor, and also he’s shown as a very weak emperor which is not what the byzantine emperor is supposed to be, not supposed to be vulnerable. C. Leo V dreaming of the murder:...
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- Spring '10
- Byzantine Empire, Lion, Major Arcana, emperor