Contemplating large cardinals

Joel David Hamkins with cardinals


Modified image courtesy of Jerome Tauber.


7 thoughts on “Contemplating large cardinals

  1. By the size of that cardinal, I’d say that it’s not very large. Certainly not huge, and it doesn’t look very strong either. Since it doesn’t look like Woodin, I’m going to rule that out as well, and how do you even measure a cardinal like that? So measurable is off the list too.

    It seems fairly describable, so it’s not the least weakly compact, and barely inaccessible. But since it’s also not out of this world, I’m willing to accept this as a worldly cardinal.

    • I’m not sure to what extent Cardinal Domenico Rivarola (by Anthony van Dyck) would want to admit to his being “worldly”…

      • Oh yeah, the painting. Admittedly, I didn’t notice that until after I posted my first comment.

        It’s still a worldly cardinal. But since it’s long dead, and the painting too is probably hard to find, I’m willing to grant this inaccessibility. But it’s certainly not Mahlo, since Mahlo lived centuries after him.

  2. Let me to introduce a new type of living cardinals which is different from both other human and animal type cardinals in the picture! A vegetative cardinal!

    Quoted from Wikipedia:

    Lobelia cardinalis (syn. L. fulgens, cardinal flower) is a species of Lobelia native to the Americas, from southeastern Canada south through the eastern and southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America to northern Colombia.

    It was introduced to Europe in the mid-1620s, where the name cardinal flower was in use by 1629, likely due to the similarity of the flower’s color to the vesture of Roman Catholic Cardinals.

    The harmony of this really beauty picture will be perfect if Jerome adds a picture of this flower beside the window.

  3. Due to the situation of objects and light, certainly (both modified and original versions of) this picture could be perfect subjects for an oil portrait!

    But particularly because of the special role of “window” in this picture it looks to me that this photo is inspired by a famous photo of Richard Tuschman from the series, “Hopper Meditations”:

    Tuschman’s photo is itself inspired by a famous painting of Edward Hopper, “Summer in the City”:

    However I’m not sure if I’m correct!

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