The Alchemy of Light: Geometry and Optics in Late Renaissance Alchemical Illustration

Urszula Szulakowska


The Alchemy of Light: Geometry and Optics in Late Renaissance Alchemical Illustration

The Alchemy of Light: Geometry and Optics in Late Renaissance Alchemical Illustration

  • Title: The Alchemy of Light: Geometry and Optics in Late Renaissance Alchemical Illustration
  • Author: Urszula Szulakowska
  • ISBN: 9789004116900
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover

Alchemy The start of Western alchemy may generally be traced to ancient and Hellenistic Egypt, where the city of Alexandria was a center of alchemical knowledge, and retained its pre eminence through most of the Greek and Roman periods Here, elements of technology, religion, mythology, and Hellenistic philosophy, each with their own much longer Alchemy Definition of Alchemy by Merriam Webster The History of Alchemy The medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy that focused on the attempt to change less valuable metals into gold, to find a universal cure for disease, and to discover a means of prolonging life indefinitely is called alchemy.It was practiced in much of the ancient world, from China and India to Greece.



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 RosicThis 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.


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