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Kentish or Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Ink on paper
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A professional illustrator and translator, Martina Knecht is the creator of PIN-OOPS Illustrated Supermodels
1 Image per 24HRS 2011/10/22
According to the Roman mythology, the Caladrius is a snow-white bird that lives in kings’ houses. Supposedly, the bird refuses to look at any patient that is not going to make a full recovery. Caladrius existed in the Greek mythology under the name Dhalion. It is said to also be able to take the sickness into itself and then fly away, dispersing the sickness and healing both itself and the sick person.
Leonardo da Vinci included this species in his 1494 Bestiary.
“1. LOVE OF VIRTUE. The Caladrius is a bird of which it is related that, when it is carried into the presence of a sick person, if the sick man is going to die, the bird turns away its head and never looks at him; but if the sick man is to be saved the bird never loses sight of him but is the cause of curing him of all his sickness. Like unto this is the love of virtue. It never looks at any vile or base thing, but rather clings always to pure and virtuous things and takes up its abode in a noble heart; as the birds do in green woods on flowery branches. And this Love shows itself more in adversity than in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place is darkest.”
The old Italian original:
“1. AMORE DI VIRTÙ. Calendrino è uno uccello, il qualesi dice, che essendo esso portato dinanzi a uno infermo, che se ’l detto infermo debbe morire, questo uccello li volta la testa per lo contrario e mai lo riguarda; e, se esso infermo debbe iscampare, questo uccello mai l’abbandona di vista, anzi è causa di levarli ogni malattia.Similmente, l’amore di virtù non guarda mai cosa vile, né trista, anzi dimora sempre in cose oneste e virtuose, e ripatria innel cor gentile, a similitudine degli uccelli nelle verdi selve sopra i fioriti rami; e si dimostra più esso amore nelle avversità che nelle prosperità, facendo come lume, che più risplende dove truova più tenebroso sito.”