Art and Alchemy (Paperback)

By Jacob Wamberg (Editor)

Museum Tusculanum Press, 9788763502672, 297pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2006

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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.

About the Author

Jacob Wamberg is professor of art history at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Praise For Art and Alchemy

“These essays emerged from a 2001 conference at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. As organizers Jan Backlund and Jacob Wamberg explain in their introduction, the collection redresses ‘the current skepticism towards alchemy as a possible source for art.’ The ten essays that follow, however, range far beyond that art historical agenda by exploring the fascinating intersections between alchemy and art from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Despite the inherent challenges of interdisciplinarity, the well-illustrated volume makes clear that historians of alchemy and historians of art stand to benefit enormously from this kind of fruitful collaboration.”

— Ambix