"Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy in Art" by . Battistini

Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy in Art . Battistini

Getty Publications -
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
07 Feb 2008
J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
384 pages: 200 x 139 x 24mm
illustrations throughout

From antiquity to the Enlightenment, astrology, magic, and alchemy have always been considered important tools in unravelling the mysteries of nature and human destiny. As a result of the West's exposure to the astrological beliefs of Arab philosophers and the mystical writings of late antiquity, these occult traditions became rich sources of inspiration for Western artists.This latest volume in the "Guide to Imagery" series, presents an intelligent analysis of occult iconography in many of the great masterpieces of Western art - from the astrological symbols that decorated churches and illuminated manuscripts, through the work of a wide range of Renaissance artists, including Bosch, Brueghel, Durer and Caravaggio, to the visionary works of nineteenth-century artists, such as Fuseli and Blake, as well as in the creative output of the Surrealists during the twentieth century.

Matilde Battistini is a noted art critic and author.