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The art of Alchemy

In its widest interpretation, alchemy was a grandiose philosophical system aimed at penetrating and harmonizing the mysteries of creation and of life.

John Read in Alchemy and Alchemists, 1951

Philosophical or Hermetic Alchemy  

Alchemy: A lengthy article of the philosophical and psychological foundation of alchemy.

The Secrets of Hermetic Alchemy: an easy visual guide to the spiritual practice in alchemy. The blueprint to understand the alchemical symbols.

History

Nicholas Flamel: An exploration into the intriguing legend of alchemist Nicholas Flamel, his manuscripts and testament.

Metals

The Art of Deception in Alchemy: Transmutations of base metal into silver or gold performed by alchemists was likely an art of deception, by special recipes to make the metal look like gold.

Alchemical Coins and Medals: A selection of interesting alchemical coins and medals, made by alchemical transmutation or as commemoration, with alchemical symbols.

Alchemical Amulets: Examples of magical amulets with alchemical connections used for healing, protection etc., and some of Rosicrucian origin.

Is Transmutation of Metals Possible?: Alchemical transmutation of metals, historically and modern, with underlying theories.

The Electrum Magicum Bell: An investigation into the Alchemical Table Bell of Emperor Rudolf II, which turns out to be a magical bell made out of Electrum magicum.

Alchemical Ovens: A few examples of artistic ornamentation of alchemical ovens, or athanors.

Glass

Glass and Alchemy: History of alchemy and glass making, and the role of alchemists in creating new glass techniques.

The Imitation of Gemstones: The imitation of gemstones, or precious stones, in the history of alchemy, through coloring of glass.

Earth and Stone

Porcelain and Alchemists: The discovery process of porcelain by alchemists, in China and in Europe; and the story of Böttger and the Meissen factory.

Ceramics made by Alchemists: Ceramics or earthenware with glazing techniques was developed by alchemists.

The Magical Door, or Porta Alchemica: Symbols and engraved inscriptions on the Alchemica Door, or Porta Alchemica, in Rome, Italy; and their meaning.

Alchemical Paintings and Engravings

The Foolish Alchemist: Paintings showing the alchemist as a misguided person trying to transmute metals to gold, or to find the Philosopher's Stone.

The Alchemist as a Learned Man: In alchemical paintings, the alchemist is sometimes portrayed as a learned man. A man who has a wide range of knowledge.

A Successful Business: The portrayal of alchemists as successful business men, in their function as chemists or apothecaries.

The Alchemical Virgin: The Virgin Mary in alchemical emblems, and an analysis of the 17th century painting The Alchemical Virgin, in Reims, France, and its alchemical connection to the Jesuit order.

Divine Revelation: Alchemical paintings and engravings showing that divine revelation was sought after by practical and hermetic alchemists.