Matthäus Merian Emblems, Manly P Hall Collection
The full-color emblem art is from the Manly P. Hall collection. Emblems of Matthäus Merian from 1618 are extracted from miscellaneous alchemy and Rosicrucian books he had procured during his life. Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was an author and mystic. He is most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages, which he published in 1928.
Each design, according to Manly Hall's personal note, is believed to be originally from the early 1600's. The artwork is digitally enhanced, colored, embellished, and reproduced as a giclée print in our studio. Each design is carefully reproduced preserving the original elements of the artwork details with enhancements to highlight the meticulous work of the artist.
The artwork can be a unique addition to your art collection. It will look great on your wall, your desk or any display table. It will also serve great as a one-of-a-kind gift to your friends or family members. It will surely delight the seekers of esoterica, Rosicrucian, Free Mason, and alchemy art.
You can purchase this art as print-only, or unframed-double-matted or I can frame it for you.
The background of this artwork collection
The emblem is from Michael Maiers’ book Atalanta Fugiens, wherein the illustrator and engraver of the emblems was Matthäus Merian. Michael Maier (1568 - 1622) was a Rosicrucian, celebrated German alchemist, physician and a counsellor to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II Habsburg at Prague, and had a strong influence on Sir Isaac Newton. Michael Maier was born in Rendsburg, Holstein, in 1568. He studied philosophy and medicine at Rostock, Frankfurt (M.A. 1592), and Padua. He attained in 1596 a doctorate in medicine at Basel and returned to Rostock to practice the medical profession. Around 1601 he became interested in alchemy. In 1608 he went to Prague, and in 1609 became the physician and imperial counsellor of Rudolf II. The interest of the emperor in the occult was the reason for his high esteem for Maier. Maier also served other German princes, particularly the prince of Nassau, a great protector of alchemy. In 1611 he spent time in England at the court of James I. Maier had a strong influence on Sir Isaac Newton. He was also involved in the Rosicrucian movement. "Count Michael Maier was an outstanding figure in the Rosicrucian controversy. There is little doubt that he was an initiated member of the Rosicrucian Fraternity, empowered by the Order to promulgate its secrets among the philosophic elect of Europe. He was profuse in his use of emblems and the greater part of his philosophical lore is concealed in the engravings which illustrate his books." (Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, p.141) Matthäus Merian, (1593 - 1650), engraver, etcher, and book dealer, the leading German illustrator of the 17th century.
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