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George Starkey, Musaeum Hermeticum


George Starkey (17th century)
Musœum Hermeticum, Frankfurt, 1678
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magl. 15.1.146/a, pl. IV

A set of evocative symbols illustrate the hermetic relationship between man and the universe. The swan, the dragon and the phoenix represent the alchemical symbols of the planets. The stag man refers to hermetic initiation. The man wearing a star-spangled robe is the sage distilling spiritual truth, while the lion and the phoenix symbolise the male principle.