In the sun dwells the divine central fire, the ‘soul of the world,’ which is shown here transmitting its vivifying ray of energy to Saturn, which in turn guides it into the north wind. Fludd called the winds “the angles of the Lord (…) which realize the word of God.” They are “his lambent servants,” which bring the salt of life.
Anna Morandi Manzolini was an 18th century female anatomist and master wax modeller, whose wax self portrait depicts her in the act of dissecting a brain! With her husband, Giovanni Manzolini, she held anatomy lessons in their Bologna home. The artistry and accuracy of her wax models made her widely known as a leader in the field, and brought powerful supporters, including the Royal Society of London, Doge Moccenigo of Venice, and Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II.