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The Alchymist, in Search of the Philosophers Stone, Discovers Phosphorus, and Prays Featured Discovery of Witches Image

The Alchymist, in Search of the Philosophers Stone, Discovers Phosphorus, and Prays

The Alchymist, in Search of the Philosopher's Stone, Discovers Phosphorus, and Prays for the Successful Conclusion of his Operation, as was the Custom of the Ancient Chymical Astrologers, 1775. Traditionally, the chief pursuit of alchemists was the search for "the philosopher's stone," which would miraculously transform base metals into gold. The alchemist pictured here, however, accidentally discovered phosphorus, to his own amazement and awe. Despite the Gothic setting and picturesque details, Wright's purpose was not to ridicule superstition, but to commemorate the birth of chemistry as a modern science, beginning with the discovery of phosphorus in 1676. Wright strove for accuracy in depicting the alchemist's apparatus, since many of his friends and patrons were scientists and intellectuals who had stimulated the artist's interest in scientific inquiry

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Scenes of Witchcraft, c. 1645-1649. Creator: Salvator Rosa (Italian, 1615-1673) Featured Discovery of Witches Image

Scenes of Witchcraft, c. 1645-1649. Creator: Salvator Rosa (Italian, 1615-1673)

Scenes of Witchcraft, c. 1645-1649. A huge upturn in interest in witchcraft emerged during the 1500s in Europe, but by the middle of the next century--at least among the cultured elite of Florence--a backlash arose against the many accusations of sorcery. Artists and writers explored the topic more out of curiosity and amusement, chief among them the poet, painter, and satirist Salvator Rosa, who examined witchcraft with gusto in numerous poems and works of art, including these four paintings. They show a range witch types, from the beautiful enchantress to the old crone to the male sorcerer, and represent activities commonly associated with black magic: levitation, love potions, devil worship, the invocation of demons, and transformation. A common subject in Italian art of the 1600s, transformation was usually seen in interpretations of myths based on Ovid's ancient Latin text, the Metamophoses . Rosa found a novel way to exploit this idea, drawing attention to his own ability to transform paint and canvas into a disturbing, nightmarish world

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Manuscript page with depiction Athanor, the alchemists furnace Featured Discovery of Witches Image

Manuscript page with depiction Athanor, the alchemists furnace

Manuscript page with depiction Athanor, the alchemists furnace. The piper may represent the wind element. Country of Origin: Czech Republic. Date/Period: 17th C. Place of Origin: Waldstein Residence at Duchcov. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Mnichovo Hradiste chateau library, Czech Republic

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Alchemy, Book, Europe, Fire, Forman, Illustration, Magic, Occult, Sign, Special, Symbol, Werner, Werner Forman, Werner Forman Archive