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Alchemy & Mysticism

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Fables, folklore, and fantasy—this compendium of all things alchemical and mystical gathers centuries of esoteric mythology in the form of writings, drawings, paintings, and prints. From early Christian mystics to the illustrations of William Blake and the Romantics, this collection spans science, philosophy, and otherworldly mystery over the ages.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.1.95 lb576 pages
“Captures the incredibly rich artistic tradition of alchemy.”
Seattle Weekly
Alchemy & Mysticism

Alchemy & Mysticism


Signs and Wonders

A fantastic journey through the history of esoteric lore

The Hermetic Museum takes readers on a magical mystery tour spanning an arc from the medieval cosmogram and images of Christian mysticism, through the fascinating world of alchemy to the art of the Romantic era. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabalists, Rosicrucians, and freemasons are shown to be closely linked with the early scientific illustrations in the fields of medicine, chemistry, optics, and color theory.

Even for those with no knowledge of the fascinating history of alchemy, this book is a delight to explore. Each richly illustrated chapter begins with an introduction and quotes from alchemists by specialist Alexander Roob. The roots of surrealism and many other more recent artistic movements can be found in this treasure trove.

The author

Alexander Roob taught graphics and painting at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg and the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. In 2005 he co-founded the Melton Prior Institute in Düsseldorf, which specializes in the history of pictorial journalism and print culture.

Alchemy & Mysticism
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm0.89 kg576 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-4934-9

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-4935-6

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-4936-3

Edition: English
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5 Ratings

Excellent ouvrage

Jeremy,October 27, 2021
Excellent ouvrage, accompagnée de belles illustrations. A recommander !


Haris,October 27, 2021
As with most Taschen book the quality of this publication is excellent, both the subject and the way it's being presented makes this book a pleasure to own and discover

Thank you Taschen for helping me become a better artist

Ellis R.,October 27, 2021
High Quality Books. Ive been recently into collecting art books to read and consume new knowledge in hopes it will help me become a better artist. Learning from the greats gave me new techniques and opened up my mind to new approaches to creating my own artwork. Thank you Taschen for providing me the tools I needed.

Yvonne C.,January 29, 2024
Interesting book and art work.

Excellent ouvrage

Jeremy,October 27, 2021
Excellent ouvrage, accompagnée de belles illustrations. A recommander !