top of page
Screen Shot 2023-01-06 at 2.50.06 PM.png


MAGIC AND THE OCCULT
 

‘Up to the 18th century, alchemy was viewed as a proper scientific discipline, regarded perfectly seriously,’ explains Kay Sutton, Director of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Christie’s in London.

‘Alchemists had two objectives,’ she continues. ‘One was to manufacture the Philosopher’s Stone, a sort of mythical entity — magical, wonderful, and capable of transmuting a base metal into gold. The other aim was to manufacture the elixir that would give you eternal life and cure all ills.’

From Kay Sutton, director of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Christie's (www.christies.com)

2017_cks_14301_0022_005(the_ripley_scroll_an_illustrated_alchemical_manuscript_in_english_

Ripley Scroll, England, 1624

 

main-image.jpg

Hans Baldung Grien, The Witches, 1510

 

120314.jpg

Albrecht Dürer, Witch Riding on a Goat, 1500

 

main-image.jpg

Albrecht Dürer, Melancolia I, 1514

 

UK_NGS_NGL003-93_FR277A_Overall-m.jpg

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Alegory of Melancholy, 1528
 

bottom of page