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SACRED ART Edited by D. de Menil & Pie Duploye (Used)

by Couturier, M.-A


Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

Book ID: 2650, 2650


Published with the assistance of the Menil Foundation. 1989, quarto, well bound in cloth, dj, 159pp, approximately 100 plates printed on glossy stock, a splendid production all together. Much has appeared in the new age press the last few years on "sacred art". This term is usually applied to the fantasies of old pot heads and their sentimental renderings of cosmic 'visions', the worst of which are populated by unicorns and angels. A trip to any new age bookstore will confirm this. Rarely does an author address the subject as a student, and a lover. This book is like a cooling antidote to the poison that is the trivial treatment of holy things. Until the middle of the 19th century the Catholic Church had been able to retain its intimate connection with most of the great living artists, and cultivated many of them with commissions and support (yes yes and manipulate them too, that is another story). But something happened whereby the church lost its knowledge of great art and instead pandered to a debased, insipid 'religious art' that many now recognize as a religious kitch of plaster saints and angels. Marie-Alain Couturier was a French Dominican who after WWII began a crusade to reconcile the church with some of the 20th centuries greatest artists, Leger, Matisse, Rouault, Chagall, even Le Corbusier. He began his crusade in the pages of the French review L'Art Sacre. These articles have been translated here, Mysteries, The Great Instauration of Light, The Winters Tale, and Symbols of the Ladder of Initiation.

The Voynich Manuscript The Voynich Manuscript
Clemens, Raymond
Yale University Press

Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the Voynich Manuscript, the world s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book s language has eluded deciphe...

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Tarot Sola Busca: Ferrara XV Century Tarot Sola Busca: Ferrara XV Century
Lo Scarabeo
Lo Scarabeo

One of the oldest tarot decks ever created, the Tarot Sola Busca is known for its alchemical symbolism and for having inspired many of the minor arcana of the Rider Waite Smith deck. The first entry in Lo Scarabeo's new Anima Antiqua series (Ancient Soul), this deck has been lovingly printed with great care from originals found in the greatest collections of rare tarot decks. This is a limited-edition, numbered deck printed on the highest quality stock.

The companion booklets f...

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Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich
Kurlander, Eric
Yale University Press

he definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany, exploring the occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by the Third Reich in the service of power

The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler's personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Ar...

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East Anglian Witches and Wizards  ( Witchcraft of the British Isles ) East Anglian Witches and Wizards ( Witchcraft of the British Isles )
Howard, Michael
Three Hands Press

In his fourth book in the Witchcraft of the British Isles series, Michael Howard examines the Craft of East Anglia, one of the richest areas of historical witchcraft and folk magic in England. From the private witch of William the Conqueror to the cunning men and women of the marshes and fens, to the Toad-witches and the appalling deeds of the witch-finders, the book is a trove of historical information on the actual folk magical practices of East Anglia. Also examined are the spirits of localit...

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The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Penguin Classics) The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Penguin Classics)
Copenhaver, Brian

A rich, wondrous anthology of the Western magical tradition, from the Old Testament to Doctor Faustus and Paradise Lost, now in a Penguin Classics black spine edition

." . . as when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulfur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun . . ."

The Bible is full of stories featuring forms of magic and possession--from Moses battling with Pharao...

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