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Unformatted text preview: inside the praetorium is complex, and based on the diagonal of a square, an irrational number such as found in the proportions of the frame. The tile pattern outside the praetorium is simple squares, in an Albertian grid, and there is no apparent correlation between them. This seems to create two separate zones : the space inside, occupied by Christ, and the more mundane world outside. Deliberate? Kemp says that for someone as subtle as Piero, this is not impossible. Further, the tiles inside the praetorium form an octagonal pattern. Recall from our unit on number symbolism that the octagon suggests resurrection and baptism, because Christ rose from the tomb eight days after entering Jerusalem....
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