Trivium Art History

The Sixth Gate


George Ripley, 1471

The Third Gate


George Ripley, 1471

The Second Gate


George Ripley, 1471

The First Gate


George Ripley, 1471

The Recapitulation

George Ripley, 1471

The Eleventh Gate


George Ripley, 1471

The Eighth Gate


George Ripley, 1471

The Fifth Gate


George Ripley, 1471

The Fourth Gate


George Ripley, 1471

Therefore one day it will come to pass, that the mouth of those vipers will be stopped and the triple crown will be brought to nought

The Rosicrucian Manifestos


Natural magic defined—of man—his creation—divine image—and of the spiritual and magical virtue of the soul.

Natural Magic Defined


Unguents convey the virtues of things natural to our spirits, and multiply, transform, transfigure, and transmute it accordingly

Of Unctions, Philters, Potions, & Their Magical Virtues


Showing how, and by what power, Magical Suspensions receive virtue, and are efficacious in natural magic

Of Magical Suspensions And Allegations


It is necessary to speak of the antipathies of natural things, where any thing shuns its contrary, and drives it, as it were, out of its presence.

Of Antipathies


Of the occult virtues of things which are inherent in them only in their life-time, and such as remain in them even after death.

Of The Occult Virtues Of Things


Of the wonders of natural magic, displayed in a variety of sympathetic and occult operations throughout the families of animals, plants, metals, and stones, treated of miscellaneously.

Of The Wonders Of Natural Magic


Introducing a volume containing the ancient and modern practice of the cabalistic art, natural and celestial magic



Of the art of fascination, binding, sorceries, magical confections, lights, candles, lamps, etc. etc., being the conclusion of the natural magic.

Of The Art of Fascination, Binding and Sorceries


Of the mixtures of natural things one with another, and the producing of monstrous animals, by the application of natural magic.

Of The Mixtures Of Natural Things


It is a common opinion of magicians, that stones inherit great virtues, which they receive through the spheres and activity of the celestial influences

Of The Wonderful Virtues Of Some Kind Of Precious Stones


The instrument of enchanters is a pure, living, breathing spirit of the blood, whereby we bind, or attract, those things which we desire or delight in

Of Amulets, Charms, And Enchantments


Must toiling Man for ever meet disgrace, and eat his hard earn’d bread with heated face, and all his acts in dull Oblivion lay

On Labour, Creativity and Patriotism

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1809

Have I given the message?—O Allah, be my witness.

Muhammad's Farewell Sermon

632 CE

Every one shall have his portion from the side to which he belongs.

The Medina Charter

622 CE

Expression, for me, does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive.

Notes of a Painter

Henri Matisse, 1908

Just a word, and the word a movement.

1st Dada Manifesto


Raffaello continued to divert himself beyond measure with the pleasures of love; whence it happened that, having on one occasion indulged in more than his usual excess, he returned to his house in a violent fever.

The Life of Raphael Sanzio

Giorgio Vasari, 1550

Beginning with the oldest and most important, I shall speak first of Agnolo called Bronzino, a Florentine painter truly most rare and worthy of all praise.

The Life of Agnolo Bronzino

Giorgio Vasari, 1550

The boy not only equalled his master, but ... brought back to life the true art of painting

The Life of Giotto

Giorgio Vasari, 1550

Elementarism is the purest, and...the most direct means of expression of the human spirit

Elementarism (Fragment of a Manifesto)

Theo van Doesburg, 1927

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