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Seven Keys to Imagination by Piero Morosini

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art common glue as social alchemy

Il Parmigianino died in 1540 at the age of 37. Vasari's biography on him reads as a cautionary tale against alchemy but does little to explain why this occult discipline wielded such an alluring power over first-rate minds down the centuries. Renaissance philosophers such as Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno were active practitioners of alchemy, which, together with astrology and theurgy (magic), they regarded as the Three Parts of the Wisdom of the Whole Universe. This was an old doctrine that, according to legend, was taught in antiquity by a wise Egyptian called Thoth, whom the ancient ...

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