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Athanasius Kircher’s Pan

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More from the Kircher archives at the University of Heidelberg. As before, it’s good to see illustrations familiar from countless reprintings in books in their place of origin. The volume in question is Obeliscus Pamphilius: hoc est, Interpretatio noua & Hucusque Intentata Obelisci Hieroglyphici (1650), one of Kircher’s attempts at deciphering the hieroglyphics on Egyptian […]

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Athanasius Kircher’s pyramids

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Athanasius Kircher’s pyramids aren’t as vast as Thomas Cole’s dream construction—for size you need Kircher’s Tower of Babel—but they’re still eccentric inasmuch as they don’t correspond to any group of Egyptian structures. One of the great things about the etchings in Kircher’s books is the way their detail gives a sense of veracity to their […]

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Athanasius Kircher’s Tower of Babel

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Here’s a picture whose myriad details I’ve wanted to scrutinise for many years. Lieven Cruyl was the draughtsman and Coenraet Decker the etcher while the picture itself appears as an illustration in Athanasius Kircher’s (deep breath) Turris Babel, Sive Archontologia Qua Primo Priscorum post diluvium hominum vita, mores rerumque gestarum magnitudo, Secundo Turris fabrica civitatumque […]

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China Monumentis by Athanasius Kircher

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From the title pages. All of Kircher’s illustrations fascinate for their detail and often bizarre or startling images. The high quality scans of his 1667 opus, China Monumentis, at VTS don’t disappoint, especially in the close-ups. Chinese mythology. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The etching and engraving archive

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