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Cognitive aesthetics of alchemical imagery by Angela M. Connolly
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Paul Ferguson

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 Posted: Sat Feb 2nd, 2013 10:16 pm
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"This paper explores the history of the development of alchemical illustrations in Western Europe from the 14th to the 16th century, tracing the emergent processes over time. It is only when we take into consideration the historical dimension and the aesthetics of alchemical imagery that it becomes possible to demonstrate how the increasing use of certain aesthetic techniques such as the disjunction and recombination of separate metaphorical elements of previous illustrations, the use of compressive combinations and the use of framing devices worked to gradually increase the cognitive function and the symbolical power of the images."


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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 02:51 pm
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An interesting critique of Jung's approach to alchemical symbolism.

I find the final two paragraphs of her conclusion difficult to understand. Is she trying to both have the cake and eat it ?

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