I recently wrote about the Art of Memory on this blog, and it’s an ongoing interest of mine. Robert O’Neill has a surprisingly complicated article about Tarot and the Art of Memory on Tarot.com. I’m not sure why I didn’t come across it before. It’s worth a read.
Though O’Neill has a great collection of references, where his article really shines is in the in-depth discussion of the creation of memory images. Check it out.
This is a lovely article. One of the things that I hadn’t thought to do, before now, was to make a Memory Palace of the names of people who had something to do with teaching memory arts. Behold, a hall, with pagans on one side, and Christians on the other:
Simonides on the end wall, the founder,
then on his right, our left, the Pagans:
Cicero (with the pseudo-Cicero standing in the shadows behind, slipping a book Ad Herennium on to the pile of Cicero’s writing)
Martanus Capella, the turning point, on the short wall of the gallery, facing Simonides
And then the Christians:
Augustine of Hippo
Giovanni da San Gimignano
Bartolomeo di San Concordo
Giordano Bruno, tucked into the last corner behind an iron grate in the fireplace.
That’s a good idea, but don’t forget Giulio Camillo!
Where do you put him? Oh, right. In the theater!