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Alchemical Images

  • Peter J. ForshawEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_472-1
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Introduction

The focus of this entry is on the visual imagery found first in Western alchemical manuscripts and later in print publications from the introduction of alchemy into Europe in the twelfth century until the heyday of emblematic alchemy in the seventeenth century.

Types of Alchemical Imagery

Alchemical imagery can be divided into various categories, the most prominent being (1) illustrations of laboratory apparatus (furnaces, vessels); (2) bestiary (dragons, lions, toads, birds); (3) religious analogies (Passion and Resurrection of Christ; Crowning of the Virgin Mary; Adam and Eve); (4) mythological analogies (e.g., Apollo and Diana; Venus and Mars; Vulcan); (5) geometric diagrams; and (6) glyphs or notae representing cosmic principles (e.g., four elements), alchemical substances, and processes. A great part of this imagery is concerned with Chrysopoeia...

Keywords

Natural philosophy Astrology Religion Natural magic Emblematics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for History of Hermetic PhilosophyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hiro Hirai
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  1. 1.Center for the History of Philosophy and ScienceRadboud Universiteit NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands