LANDSCAPE AS METAPHOR and The Moral Landscape - the meaning of Desert Isles.
01 The Broad and Narrow Way, ?Schacher, 38 x 42 cms lithograph.
from Heinrich Kunrath, Amphitheatrum aternae sapiente
Hanau 1609 There are 21 separate suburbs in the Citadel - to emphasise
the rightness of the one path, only one has a route to the centre which
has barriers and checks of its own.
Opus medico-chymicum, Frankfurt 1618 - 1620. This is
one of the finest and most detailed of the alchemical book illustrations,
almost inpenetrable yet because of the simple device of symmetry allowing
an interpretation of comparisons - Sun/Moon, King Queen,Lion/Stag.
07 The Alchemical Citadel
|Otto Veen, The Temple of Chronos, from Teatro Moral Paris, 1761
|after Hendrik Goltzius, The Table of Cebes, a three stage landscape of the approach to Moral Purification, 1592 ; printed from three plates, the image purports to represent in the single image the passage of a human life in the journey to salvation.
|Gavin Kirkham's version for the British market, The Broad and the Narrow Way 40 x 47 cms (CM coll) The Kirkham text originally commissioned in germany in the 1860's , that the path to Hell is paved with the use of trains on a Sunday.
|see also EMBLEMS