By Paula Findlen
I have learn much approximately this guy and was once stunned to discover a e-book approximately him in my neighborhood bookstore. besides the fact that, i used to be dissapointed whilst i ultimately set out to interpreting the publication and truly acquired so bored i did not end it!
It regrettably reads like a persons Masters thesis. This try at writing is abissmal, and may by no means were published ahead of an honest (mass-market) editor checked out it. might have been significantly better is de facto all i am asserting.
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Extra resources for Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything
101 This bronze tablet, now acknowledged as a Renaissance forgery, was precisely the artifact Peiresc had told him not to explain. Kircher subsequently published two more books contributing to his study of Egyptian artifacts in Europe: the Ad Alexandrum Obelisci Aegyptiaci interpretatio hieroglyphica (Hieroglyphic Interpretation of the Egyptian Obelisk for Alexander VII), of 1666, which described and interpreted the obelisk erected atop Bernini’s elephant in front of Santa Maria sopra Minerva for Alexander VII in June 1667; and the Sphinx mystagoga (Mystagogical Sphinx) of 1676, which interpreted two mummies transported from Memphis to France by a collector.
89 The only thing lacking was an appropriate space in which to stage Kircher’s apotheosis. This materialized in the form of a museum. In 1651, the Roman patrician Alfonso Donnino, secretary to the Popolo Romano, donated his collection to the Roman College. 9. ” Source: Athanasius Kircher, Musurgia universalis (Rome, 1650). Courtesy of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries. 90 The Jesuits welcomed the opportunity to house a museum in their premier college. Inhabiting a city filled with cardinals’ collections and aristocratic galleries, they understood the appeal of making the Collegio Romano into one of the leading museums of Rome.
The fall of 1655 was one of the busiest and most crucial moments in Kircher’s life. His Oedipus was finally published, and the manuscript of his Itinerarium exstaticum was in the hands of the Jesuit censors. ”106 The fact that the Itinerarium was dedicated to the most famous convert to Catholicism, Queen Christina of Sweden, who had recently abdicated her throne and was en route to Rome, was not unimportant. Christina became Kircher’s Isis in the Egyptian pageantry of baroque Rome. She entered the city with great fanfare in December 1655.
Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything by Paula Findlen