ObeliskWestern Esoteric Art

The Cosmic Rose

The Cosmic Rose, 1595, Western Esoteric Art
The Cosmic Rose, zoomed in
40.4 cm

The Cosmic Rose is an Esoteric Etching Print created in 1595. It lives at the University of Wisconsin, Libraries in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Tondo and Mysticism. SourceDownload

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This illustration, whose full title is Scheme of Christian Kabbalism, is one of four illustrated plates from the Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae (Amphitheater of Eternal Wisdom) — an unusual, circular book on alchemy, written by the German physician, hermetic philosopher, and alchemist Heinrich Khunrath. Khunrath wrote the volumn, and directed an engraver in its illustration, most likely either of the well-known Dutch printers Peter van der Doort or Hans Vredeman de Vries.

Reed Enger, "The Cosmic Rose," in Obelisk Art History, Published August 26, 2017; last modified August 26, 2017, http://arthistoryproject.com/timeline/age-of-discovery/western-esoteric-art/the-cosmic-rose/.

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