This study concerns the late Renaissance metaphysics of light in its adoption to a Paracelsian alchemical context by John Dee, Heinrich Khunrath, Michael Maier and Robert Fludd. Their alchemical theosophy is contextualised within Protestant reformism of the 1590s to 1620s, specifically that of Valentin Weigel and Johannes Arndt. This results in a re-assessment of the Rosicrucian movement which challenges the existing historiography and problematises the character of the movement. The volume includes fifty illustrations from alchemical treatises of the period, the emphasis being placed on Khunrath's Amphiteatrum Sapientiae Aeternae (1595-1609). In an innovative manner, the study investigates these images using analytical tools drawn from semiotics, structuralism and post-structuralism. This method yields an unusual interpretation of the geometry, optical diagrams and spatial structures employed in such alchemical engravings.
The Alchemy of Light
Edited by Peter L. Oesterreich and Thomas O. Sloane
This collection of articles in English and German covers a wide range of interdisciplinary topics of historical and modern manifestations of rhetoric in literature, linguistics, philosophy, law, theology, education, politics, and intellectual history.
Edited by Bart Westerweel
This publication is the first of its kind. It approaches Anglo-Dutch relations from the angle of the production of the highly popular emblem book and its influence on important cultural and political events, mainly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
György E. Szőnyi
The present volume contains eighteen papers of a conference devoted to iconography and emblem studies. The essays represent the state of research and are arranged according to the following aspects: Iconography and Ideology, Iconography and History, The World of Emblems and Occult Emblematics.
Heinrich F. Plett
This comprehensive bibliography lists some 500 source texts published in the British Isles or abroad from 1479 to 1660 and more than 2,000 works of secondary literature from 1900 to the present.
This volume is the first monograph on Renaissance music devoted to discuss compositions which involve symbolism inspired by ideas and themes inherent in the musical culture of the time, and to present means for controlling the process of their interpretation.
Edited by André Lascombes
This collection of nineteen essays focuses on the ways in which, in England, France and Spain, the Renaissance made propagandistic, or aesthetic, use of the image in various spectacles. Under surface differences between genres, what emerges is a surprising similarity in tactics and response, ...
Edited by B.F. Scholz, M. Bath and D. Weston
A selection of papers read at the first international conference devoted exclusively to emblematics. The papers have been selected with an eye to representing various national traditions in emblematics and various, currently active, approaches to the emblem.
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