Is astrology an art? How does art represent astrology and its practice? Is the visual language used by astrologers artistic?
From Mesopotamia and Mediterranean culture to Mesoamerica and into the European Renaissance and the modern era, the nine chapters in this anthology explore the meanings of art and astrology, the iconography of astrology and the nature of its practice, the use of zodiac signs, and the portrayal stars and planets in literature and the visual arts. With contributions by Spike Bucklow, Ruth Clydesdale, Richard Dunn, Martin Gansten, Liesbeth Grotenhuis, John Meeks, Suzanne Nolan, Micah Ross, and Claudia Rousseau
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ars, Technē, śāstra,ʿIlm: What’s in a Name?
The Iconography of Libra and Pisces in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece
Dwarfs as an Ancient Mayan Metaphor for the Stars
Astrological Imagery in the Rulership Propaganda of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici
Astrological Symbolism in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzivâl
Seeing the World Soul: Marsilio Ficino and Talismanic Art
Lower Astrology and Silent Poetry
Picturing the Practitioner: Notes Towards an Iconography of Astrological Practice
Twinkling Voices from the Gods: Fernand Khnopff’s Use of Stars as Mystical Guides in ‘Avec Verhaeren, un ange’