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1662 Schott Sea Monsters and mermaids Featured Athanasius Kircher Print

1662 Schott Sea Monsters and mermaids

I Triton, II "Sea monster in the likeness of a monk", III " Sea man in the dress of a bishop", IV "Sea Satyr". Copperplate from Gaspar Schott's Physica Curiosa, sive mirabilia naturae. Gaspar Schott was a Jesuit scholar (1608-1666). He worked with Athanasius Kircher in Rome before returning to Germany in 1655 where he was appointed professor of Mathematics at Augsburg. This work may have been inspired by unfinished elements of Kircher's work and draws together a remarkable array of the real and the imagined. Schott describes them all as real, the monkfish here seems derived from the likeness of a dried ray fish to a monk. The Bishop fish is a logical extension of the principle!. Many of Schott's images were ultimately derived from similar to be found in the 16th century works of Gessner

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Echo Formation, illustration from Musurgia Universalis, Vol II, fol.264 Featured Athanasius Kircher Print

Echo Formation, illustration from Musurgia Universalis, Vol II, fol.264

XIR207681 Echo Formation, illustration from Musurgia Universalis, Vol II, fol.264, Iconismus XV, by Athanasius Kircher, first published in Rome in 1650 (engraving) by French School, (17th century); Private Collection; ( Athanasius Kircher (1602-80) German Jesuit scholar and polymath; his Musurgia Universalis is a seminal work of musicology, published in Rome in 2 volumes in 1650 and was very influential in the development of Western music, especially influencing J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and Beethoven (1770-1827);
); French, out of copyright

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Kirchers book on optics, 1671 edition Featured Athanasius Kircher Print

Kirchers book on optics, 1671 edition

Kircher's book on optics. Title page of the 1671 edition of Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae (The Great Art of Light and Darkness) by the German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (circa 1601-1680). This two-volume work (divided into ten books) was first published in 1646. It is about optics and magic lanterns, and also included observations of the Sun. The Latin text names the author and his birthplace of Buchonia near Fulda. The artwork shows intersecting cones of light, with a biblical quote on darkness and light (Latin Vulgate, Psalm 138), with Greek and Hebrew text above it. At bottom is the Amsterdam publisher Jansson-Waesberg and the publication date