Most researchers have ignored the titles that Dürer gave to his prints which has really mucked things up in understanding what Dürer was telling us. A composition with a problematic title is the print D called “Nemesin,” which is believed to be this print:
WHO WAS NEMESIS?
The Italian Renaissance iconographical system associates the symbol of a ball with the goddess of Fate/Fortune/Retribution called Nemesis and because we have record that D titled a print “NEMESIN” believed to be this print. To read more about Nemesis, click here:
have been called The Small Fortune and the Large Fortune respectively based on the size of the paper on which they are printed.
Dürer’s title is not the Greek/Latin name “Nemesis” nor does the world translate as Nemesis. This name is Germanized Greek, from the Greek word nemein, to allot, to manage, to distribute. The “In” at the end of the word is how the German language makes the word feminine. The translation of the word Nemesin to Nemesis was a scholastic error. The correct translation is that of a female “manager.” We have yet another Hungarian signifier, the symbols of the bridle and reins. Hungarians, known as cattle and horse breeders, supplied the horses and beef to Nuremberg. Dürer’s Hungarian ancestors were horse and cattle breeders.
NEMESIN shows us a Jewish widowed horse manager from Hungary, associated with a gold or silversmith, a common occupation of medieval Jews, probably noble, to whom D is paying tribute. This print is thought to have been published in 1502, the same year D’s father died. Because of the hidden code I found in Melencolia, which I will shortly show you, I believe this composition is a coded message paying tribute to D’s Hungarian grandmother, Elisabeth, and I believe D tells us with this image that his family is descended from Hungarian noble Jews.
This interpretation is a massive paradigm shift, for Dürer’s art has always only been interpreted according to Christian iconography. What I found was there were many symbols that Dürer used that had dual Christian and Jewish meanings. When I applied the Jewish meaning to the symbol, Dürer’s cipher began to reveal itself.
RINGS AND THINGS