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adammclean
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 Posted: Tue Dec 1st, 2009 07:57 pm
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The two pillars have  "ora" and "labora".

The arch has  Kaos  (in Greek), "Doctrina", "Iudicium", "Dei", "Veritas" and a word possibly in Greek that I cannot read.

The "ora" pillar has the Hebrew word "Elohim" below it and at the base "IEIVNIUM" (fasting, abstinence).

The "labora" pillar has a Hebrew word I don't recognise possibly reading "Yod Yod Heh" and lower down "Eleemosina" (charity).



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I cannot find much in English about the mid-16th century French alchemist (and treasurer to Henri II) Raoul Moreau, who seems to have had an 'alchemical garden' at Thoiry:

http://www.cg78.fr/archives/thoiry/chateau/notices/jardins.htm

"1559: le premier jardin de Thoiry ordonnait la vue dans les axes architecturaux correspondants à la fonction solaire de la demeure d'un alchimiste, construite selon le nombre d'or par Philibert de l'Orme."

Might be worth investigating.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2010 03:26 am
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Here’s another garden with alchemical connotations. Compare with the ‘allegorical garden’ of the previous page. Same period too.

MS. 3047, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, fond français (XVII th century).

Image taken from : Claude Gagnon, « Description du Livre des Figures Hiéroglyphiques attribué à Nicolas Flamel, suivi […] d’une reproduction des sept talismans du Livre d’Abraham… », Montréal, 1977.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2010 08:44 am
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It's interesting that many Renaissance gardens seems to have been inspired by the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnerotomachia_Poliphili

'L'influence la plus marquée de ce roman se fit alors sentir dans l'art du jardin de la Renaissance. Cosme Ier de Médicis fit aménager les jardins de sa Villa de Castello, dans lesquels il avait passé son enfance, afin d'en faire une réplique exacte de ceux du Songe de Poliphile. D'autres imitations ou jardins inspirés du livre suivirent: les jardins de Bomarzo, ceux de la Villa Francesco de Medici à Florence, les jardins de Frascati dans la Villa Aldobrandini et le Jardin de Boboli.'

...and, I believe, Isola Bella (illustrated) in Lake Maggiore also:

http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/isola_bella

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 Posted: Sat Feb 27th, 2010 02:18 pm
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Just spotted this book on this theme:

http://www.ibs.it/code/9788888335384/balistreri-rosanna/alchimia-e-architettura-un.html

"Studio sulle ville di Bagheria, Villa Palagonia, Villa Valguarnera e Villa Butera dal punto di vista architettonico, iconografico in relazione all'inedito aspetto alchemico. Un compendio fotografico di Fosco Maraini con immagini dall'archivio Alliata di Villa Valguarnera."

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 Posted: Sat Feb 27th, 2010 02:47 pm
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That looks interesting. It may be a bit on the speculative side, but I am intrigued enough to go and buy a copy. There is a longer review on

http://pieromontana.splinder.com/post/22298176/Alchimia+e+Architettura+di+Ros


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 Posted: Sat Feb 27th, 2010 02:52 pm
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Some pages are available for review at:

http://issuu.com/eugeniomariafalconeeditore/docs/alchimiaarchitettura

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 Posted: Sun Feb 28th, 2010 01:39 am
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adammclean wrote:
That looks interesting. It may be a bit on the speculative side, but I am intrigued enough to go and buy a copy. There is a longer review on

http://pieromontana.splinder.com/post/22298176/Alchimia+e+Architettura+di+Ros




It is based on a dissertation for the Laurea so is presumably quite a serious piece of work. Only about 100 pages by the looks of it.

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adammclean wrote:
That looks interesting. It may be a bit on the speculative side, but I am intrigued enough to go and buy a copy. There is a longer review on

http://pieromontana.splinder.com/post/22298176/Alchimia+e+Architettura+di+Ros




I gather this book turned out to be a bit of a turkey :?

There is a good amateur video without commentary about the Villa Palagonia here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpZOKkHc9FU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HvUIRexzR8&feature=related

Can't see anything very alchemical in either of the videos. Nice cat at 1:00 in video 2 though :)

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I cannot find much in English about the mid-16th century French alchemist (and treasurer to Henri II) Raoul Moreau, who seems to have had an 'alchemical garden' at Thoiry:

http://www.cg78.fr/archives/thoiry/chateau/notices/jardins.htm

"1559: le premier jardin de Thoiry ordonnait la vue dans les axes architecturaux correspondants à la fonction solaire de la demeure d'un alchimiste, construite selon le nombre d'or par Philibert de l'Orme."

Might be worth investigating.

 

I came upon this, almost by accident.

The first entry is ... a Guide Michelin! The entry (p.404 et suiv.) ends with an email adress. Maybe there is a curator on site who could tell us something about Raoul Moreau's hobbies.

The second book is, unfortunately, not available on-line.

http://books.google.ca/books?hl=fr&q=Raoul+Moreau+magie

 

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Carl Lavoie wrote:
I cannot find much in English about the mid-16th century French alchemist (and treasurer to Henri II) Raoul Moreau, who seems to have had an 'alchemical garden' at Thoiry:

http://www.cg78.fr/archives/thoiry/chateau/notices/jardins.htm

"1559: le premier jardin de Thoiry ordonnait la vue dans les axes architecturaux correspondants à la fonction solaire de la demeure d'un alchimiste, construite selon le nombre d'or par Philibert de l'Orme."

Might be worth investigating.

 

I came upon this, almost by accident.

The first entry is ... a Guide Michelin! The entry (p.404 et suiv.) ends with an email adress. Maybe there is a curator on site who could tell us something about Raoul Moreau's hobbies.

The second book is, unfortunately, not available on-line.

http://books.google.ca/books?hl=fr&q=Raoul+Moreau+magie

 

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Thanks! Apparently it's now an animal park like Longleat with lions, tigers etc. :shock:

There's a .pdf here with some Moreau family details and the poem Ronsard dedicated to him (page 10). Nothing about alchemy though:

http://racineshistoire.free.fr/LGN/PDF/Moreau.pdf

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Regarding the links between H. Khunrath and Vredeman de Vries (see above, the 8th message on 'page 1'), this interesting but too short paper by Helene Peereboom (pp. 13–18), which shows, at the end, three surprising images : two compositions inspired by that of Vredeman de Vries, and his Daniel and his visions, devised a good fifteen years before his celebrated Oratorium-Laboratorium !

 

http://www.amsterdamhermetica.nl/documents/hermetica_De_Hermet_02,_Autumn_2010.pdf

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 Posted: Mon Jun 27th, 2011 12:29 pm
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Vredeman de Vries Scenographiae sive Perspectivae.

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Just adding this other one to the 'Alchemical gardens'  (EDIT : link to the plate):


 

http://books.google.ca/books?id=ReZQAAAAcAAJ&hl=fr&hl=fr&pg=PA171&img=1&zoom=3&sig=ACfU3U3L6x6OM32wL9SXSCCw1yUsbO-2og&ci=14%2C42%2C870%2C750&edge=0

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Paul Ferguson wrote:
Adam, see this link:

http://www.artnet.com/artwork/424958541/424105897/french-school-17-an-allegorical-garden.html

 


Link no longer works unfortunately, but here is that painting apparently for sale:

http://www.aradergalleries.com/detail.php?id=2507


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