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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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Jesuit missions to China, 17th century Featured Athanasius Kircher Print

Jesuit missions to China, 17th century

Jesuit missions to China. 17th-century artwork showing Jesuit scholars that carried out missionary work in China. The founders of the Society of Jesus were Francis Xavier (upper left, 1506-1552) and Ignatius of Loyola (upper right, 1491-1556). Christ is represented by the symbols at top centre. Holding up a map of China are Adam Schall (left, 1592-1666) and Matteo Ricci (right, 1552-1610). Schall (from 1618) and Ricci (from 1582) established themselves at the royal court. The map includes Peking (Beijing) and the Great Wall of China. This artwork was the frontispiece to China monumentis (1667) by German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher


1655 Athanasius Kircher colour portrait Featured Athanasius Kircher Print

1655 Athanasius Kircher colour portrait

Athanasius Kircher, Jesuit scholar 1602-1680. Coloured portrait copper engraving of the author from Mundus Subterraneus (1664). Kircher worked and published across a remarkable range of fields, and won worldwide fame as a scholar even in his own lifetime. His great museum of naturalia in Rome was unrivalled. In Mundus Subterraneus he considered fossils, volcanoes and the earth's geologic structure, as well as everything from dragons to giants. He believed fossils could be mineralised organic remains, but that also many simply formed inside stones due to an active plastic spirit that gave shape to things. He was also one of the first people to observe microbes through a microscope and propose that plague (Yersinia pestis) was caused by infectious microorganisms in the blood. This insight made him among the first to suggest sensible measures to counter the spread of the dread disease