Thursday, May 24
Images from Fr. Athanasius Kircher's Musurgia Universalis, 1650
Frontispiece to Volume I, showing a personification of music straddling the celestial globe, all under the watchful eye of God, here marked with the triple Hebrew Yodh for the Holy Trinity.
A psychedelic allegory of creation: "the Harmony of the Birth of the World" (Harmonia Nascentis Mundi), with the inscription Sic ludit in orbe terrarum aeterna Dei Sapientia ("thus plays the wisdom of the everlasting God in the earthly orb") below the keyboard. The six scenes of creation are inspired by Robert Fludd's Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia of 1617-1621.
Comparative chart of various animals' aural organs, rendered with Counterreformatory panache, as usual. If only today's scientific texts were as elegant!