By Urszula Szulakowska
This research positions Paracelsian alchemy, medication and clinical body structure in the apocalyptic discourse of the Protestant Reformation. A comparability is made among alchemical thought about the perfectibility of leading topic and Christian eschatological doctrine touching on human salvation via Christ's sacrifice in common historical past and within the ritual of the mass. an in depth research is made up of the engraved illustrations constituting a vital part of the alchemical medication and body structure of Heinrich Khunrath, Stefan Michelspacher, Jacob Boehme, Abraham von Franckenberg and Robert Fludd. the current examine should be of curiosity to students of the heritage of western artwork, pop culture, medication, alchemy and theology, particularly these operating within the context of the overdue Renaissance and Reformation within the 16th and early 17th centuries.
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By the end of the ﬁrst century AD, in various Syrian and Egyptian theosophical systems, Anthropos was ﬁnally named and he was located as a divine being in the Empyrean, the “Pleroma”. 47 A diﬀerent vision of Anthropos is encountered in late Hellenistic Hermetism in which he is perceived to be a dynamic Macrocosmic forefather who gives birth to the lower world of humanity by impregnating Nature. This scenario is expressed in the Emerald Table,48 a cryptic document of unknown origins which was co-opted into the late Hellenistic alchemical corpus of texts.
76 Fludd, “Macrocosm,” U. C. , Part 1, 49. CHAPTER TWO THE ALCHEMICAL EUCHARIST This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread . . if any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my ﬂesh, which I will give for the life of the world. ( John 6: 50–51) The religious strife of sixteenth century Europe was reﬂected in German books of alchemy which were equally concerned with theology and politics in addition to chemistry and medicine.
33 Carl Gustav Jung, Psychology and Alchemy (second edition London: Routledge, 1968), 281. 34 Obrist, Les debuts de l’Imagerie Alchimique (1982), 251–56. the cosmic body of christ-anthropos 23 stimulus to an interest in the antique remains in the Veneto. The ﬁgure of Pan in the manuscript recalls the artist Mantegna’s similar interest in such semi-human forms which he was the ﬁrst to explore in the frescoes of the Eremitani church, as well as in a variety of engravings on the theme of the Dionysia that incorporate pans, fauns and sylvani.