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Art and Alchemy

Partly because of alchemy’s dismissal from the Parnassus of rational sciences, the interplay between this esoteric knowledge and the visual arts is still a surprisingly neglected area. This collection of articles, covering the time span from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century, challenges the current neglect. The contributors cast new light on a range or related topics, including alchemical gender symbolism in renaissance, mannerist, and modernist art; alchemical ideas of transformation in Italian fifteenth-century landscape imagery; Netherlandish seventeenth-century portrayals of alchemists; and alchemy’s tortured status as a forerunner of photography.

297 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2006

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

     Jan Bäcklund and Jacob Wamberg
1: The Philosophical Nature of Early Western Alchemy: The Formative Period c. 1150-1350
     Aksel Haaning
2: A Stone and Yet Not a Stone: Alchemical Themes in North Italian Quattrocento Landscape Imagery
     Jacob Wamberg
3: The Material Ethereal: Photography and the Alchemical Ancestor
     Laurie Dahlberg
4: Fluctuating Identities: Gender Reversals in Alchemical Imagery
     M.E. Warlick
5: Artists, Alchemists and Mannerists in Courtly Prague
     Sally Metzler
6: Guilt or Gold: Alchemy and Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Paris
     Elizabeth K. Menon
7: The Paracelsian Magus in German Art: Joseph Beuys and Rebecca Horn
     Urszula Szulakowska
8: ’Alchemy in the Amphitheatre’: Some Considerations of the Alchemical Content of the Engravings in Heinrich Khunrath’s Amphitheatre of Eternal Wisdom (1609)
     Peter Forshaw
9: Alchemy and Its Images in the Eddleman and Fisher Collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
     Lloyd DeWitt and Lawrence M. Principe
10: Convention and Change in Seventeenth-Century Depictions of Alchemists
     Jane Russell Corbett
Notes on Contributors

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