Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Biography of Albrecht Dürer



"DÜRER, ALBRECHT (1471–1528), German painter, draughtsman and engraver, was born at Nuremberg on the 21st of May 1471. His family was not of Nuremberg descent, but came from the village of Eytas in Hungary. The name, however, is German, and the family device—an open door—points to an original form Thürer, meaning a maker of doors or carpenter. Albrecht Dürer the elder was a goldsmith by trade, and settled soon after the middle of the 15th century in Nuremberg. He served as assistant under a master-goldsmith of the city, Hieronymus Holper, and in 1468 married his master's daughter Barbara, the bridegroom being forty and the bride fifteen years of age. They had eighteen children, of whom Albrecht was the second. The elder Dürer was an esteemed craftsman and pious citizen, sometimes, as was natural, straitened in means by the pressure of his numerous progeny. His famous son writes with reverence

Monday, 16 May 2016

Stephan Michelspacher - Cabala: The Mirror of Art and Nature (1663) [English text]



Cabala: The Mirror of Art and Nature
by Stephan Michelspacher

{Latin: Cabala Speculum Artis et Naturae in Alchymia}
{German: Cabala: Spiegel Der Kunst und Natur}


Introduction

Aesch Mezareph (The Purifying Fire)





Aesch-Mezareph

or

The Purifying Fire.


Introduction

"Aesch mezareph ; or, purifying fire : a chymico-kabalistic treatise collected from the Kabala denudata of Knorr von Rosenroth"


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CHAPTER I