Thursday, February 9, 2017

Alchemical Illustration | Chant and Crown aesthetic“Illustration...



Alchemical Illustration | Chant and Crown aesthetic

“Illustration 18 depicts one of the classic symbols of alchemy - the green lion devouring the sun. As with most of the striking, and to the modern mind, somewhat ‘surreal’ images which populate these works, they have a bewildering range of possible meanings. But essentially the gold/sun is being dissolved/purified in some powerful solvent/green lion in order to release the seed from which pure gold may be grown.” 

- University of Glasgow Library | Special Collections Department  

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