The Internet Coats of Arms
2018 - Raven and Roses
Quarterly, first: Argent, a raven displayed proper; second: Gules, a fess chequy azure and or; third: Barry of seven azure and or; fourth: Argent, on a mount vert of three coupeaux, a rose bush proper bearing five roses gules, barbed vert and seeded argent.
Raven and Roses is a pseudo heraldic design which is supposed to be used in the baseggio.net Genealogy Project context. It's composed of single components of our different Baseggio Coats of Arms, a "Remix" so to say, to honour the different branches.
ShieldThe shield is split in four quadrants, symbolising the 4 directions North, West, East and South. This refers to our ancestors travelling the world, be it in war, be it as emigrants.
- Quadrant 1) This refers to the multiple ravens that can be found in the Two Ravens and Three Ravens coats of arms from Gradisca. The raven is a symbol for wisdom, but in ancient mythology it’s also the bringer of death. Wisdom and death, we think, that’s exactly what genealogy is about, so we made the raven our site's mascot. Its name is Basil, the posture is called "displayed" in heraldry. Even though Sophia (bnid1497) thinks, it looks, as if poor Basil had hit a window, comic style, it's one of the most common ways birds are represented on shields. Usually it's eagles or falcons, of course.
- Quadrant 2) This refers to the Arma Triestina, the one our Brazilian branches use today. The colors and the pattern carry meaning: Red for love and passion, blue for calmness and gold for worth and purity. The chequered pattern symbolises the result of our work, when we brought order to all the data.
- Quadrant 3) This is a minimalistic version of the Golden Bones, in which the bones stand for strength and resilience.
- Quadrant 4) The roses are the main design element in the Naxos coat of arms. The quadrant is held in green, white and red, the colours of the Italian tricolore to honour the origin of most Baseggios. And there are 5 roses, because we have Baseggios on all five continents. The rose bush stands for the difficult and sometimes confusing subject we are working on, some of the branches just stop, sometimes the thorns can hurt, but still occasionally we are successful when our research provides insight, beauty and even love. That's what the roses stand for. The bush, our research, stands firm on the ground of three mountains/hills. These „rocks“ are Evaldo, Franco and Mario, the three founders of baseggio.net.
Banner and MottoThe latin motto "parva scintilla saepe magnam flamam excitat" ("a small spark often kindles a large flame") was introduced in 2012 first and alludes to the starting phase of our research in the early 90ies, when Franco and Mario started to merge the info they had privately gathered about their own families. Aggregating the data and publishing the results on the web lead to more and more information being added, the symbolic flame getting larger over time. The colours gold and red reflect the flag of the Venetian Republic.
The Crest CoronetThe crest consist of a mural structure with three towers. The building is not yet completed, missing several stone blocks, an indication of the nature of our ongoing and never ending project. The three towers carry a shield each. It's the coats of arms of the cities of Caçador (Brazil), Zurich (Switzerland) and Barcelona (Spain). These are the birth places of the three founders and main contributors of baseggio.net so far. This part of the baseggio.net Coat of Arms is supposed to be dynamic, hopefully we will be able to add additional cities soon, given we find other cousins helping to advance our project!
The SupportersThe shield is supported by two lions, the heraldic animal of the City of Venice and the City of Zurich.
Bonus: The Spider WebOn the top left of the Coat of Arms a little spider web spans between the banner and the coronet. This web stands for the World Wide Web, the invaluable technical infrastructure that makes our genealogy project possible.
2012 - Golden Bones/Arma Triestina Split Design
This coat of arms is a combination of the "Arma Triestina" and the "Golden Bones". It represents the international Baseggio family community and was used as the icon on our Twitter and Facebook pages from 2012 until June 2018.
The website's motto is added in latin, "Parva scintilla saepe magnam flamam excitat" ("A small sparkle often initiates a large flame").
Artwork by Mario de Baseggio