Simon Vouet (1590-1649) - Eight Satyrs Admiring the Anamorphosis of an Elephant (circa1625), a red chalk, courtesy of the Hessisches Landesmuseum of Darmstadt, via the Web Gallery of Art, makes through Hyperallergic.com, for an interesting “op-ed” around the numerical or even numerological word of eight. It is, further more, satirical, which, hereto, fits the picture. The eighth person attending Donald Trump, Jr’s meeting in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, has been identified as Ike Kaveladze. According to The Washington Post: A native of the Soviet republic of Georgia, who came to the United States in 1991, Kaveladze was the subject nearly two decades ago of a congressional inquiry into Russian money laundering in U.S. banks. Although he was never charged with a crime and [his attorney, Scott Balber] said there was never any sign of wrongdoing by Kaveladze, Carl Levin, who at the time was the senior Democrat on a Senate investigations subcommittee and retired in 2014, issued a statement Tuesday calling Kaveladze, a “poster child” of the practice of using shell companies to launder funds and that the inquiry helped spark reforms.–end of [that] statement. It is enlightening how, the 45th Presidency of the United States of America, seem to suddenly find a correlation possible, between a 17th century Baroque and a 21st century , still uncatalogued, ‘Character’.
 All virtues come down to courage, at the sharp end of the sword. But courage must be tempered by prudence. Courage wasted by misdirection is the most heart-breaking of all tragedies. If there is an eighth deadly sin, it ought to be stupidity, by which all virtues run out into dry sands.
Yet where does prudence end and cowardice begin? That’s a very good damn question! – Lois McMaster Bujold
The Spirit RingFall down seven times, stand up eight. – a Japanese Proverb
…by the way, Simon Vouet also painted the Fortune Teller, I wonder what she ‘foretold’ about this… something in between “7th heaven” and “Cloud Nine”, I suspect… particularly if one considers the more “phallic” version that exists and circulates about this particular work.