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Alchemist Cardinal

 Portrait of Francesco Maria del MonteOttavio Leoni (1578–1630)In the early seventeenth century, Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte served as the unofficial Florentine cultural ambassador in Rome. He regularly entertained visiting dignitaries...
From: Conciatore on 3 Feb 2021

Neri and the Kabbalah

  Kabbalistic Sephiroth Tree,from Portae Lucis, Paulus Ricius (Trans.)Augsburg, 1516.Kabbalah is a form of mysticism practiced within the Jewish tradition. In the early seventeenth century, there was a great deal of interest in Kabbalistic...
From: Conciatore on 27 Jan 2021

Don Antonio de' Medici

 Don Antonio de' MediciFrontispiece from Pierfilippo Covoni 1892In 1612, Priest Antonio Neri published his book of glassmaking recipes. L'Arte Vetraria went on to become a primary reference for glass artisans throughout Europe. He dedicated...
From: Conciatore on 22 Jan 2021

Art and Science

 Jacopo Ligozzi,1518,  fanciful glass vessels,ink and watercolor on paper.Antonio Neri's writing on glassmaking and alchemy was distinguished from that of many contemporary authors in that his work was all deeply rooted in hands-on experience. He...
From: Conciatore on 4 Jan 2021

Gold Ruby Glass

 A gold florin.Legend claims gold ruby glass was discovered when a nobel threwa gold coin into a glass maker's crucible.Antonio Neri is best remembered for writing L'Arte Vetraria. It was the first printed book entirely devoted to the formulation...
From: Conciatore on 23 Dec 2020

The Fire and the Furnace: Making Recipes Work

By Thijs Hagendijk While working on the Ars Vitraria Experimentalis (1678), the principle book on seventeenth-century glass, I came a across a peculiar remark. The author of the book, the German alchemist and glassmaker Johann Kunckel (1630-1703) composed...
From: The Recipes Project on 3 Dec 2020

Witches Brew of Glass

 Glass pumpkin evocative of chalcedony glassCourtesy of  Smithsonian Museum store.In honor of Halloween, we will take a detailed look at chalcedony glass; this is one of, if not the most colorful types of glass ever made. In the seventeenth...
From: Conciatore on 30 Oct 2020

The Magic of Socotran Aloe

By Shireen Hamza “The people of this island are without faith — and they are strong magicians. They originate from Greece.” What? I had been flipping through Ikhtiyārāt-i Badī‘ī, a Persian pharmaceutical manuscript...
From: The Recipes Project on 29 Oct 2020

Crocus Martis

The many different alchemical symbols used to denote crocus martis.In order to understand the seventeenth century glass recipes of Antonio Neri and for that matter, any alchemical recipes, it is first necessary to have a grasp of the chemical...
From: Conciatore on 14 Oct 2020

Vitriol of Venus

 Crystals of Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate(Vitriol of Venus)Vitriol of Venus was one of the most cherished items in Antonio Neri’s chemical library. In his book, L'Arte Vetraria, he describes its effect in glass this way:To your great contentment,...
From: Conciatore on 12 Oct 2020

Caterine Sforza

 Caterina Sforza, by Lorenzo di Credi(now in the Museum of Forlì.)We remember Antonio Neri mostly for his book on glassmaking, L'Arte Vetraria. However, he thought about himself a bit differently; he considered himself...
From: Conciatore on 7 Oct 2020

Alchemy School

 Frontispiece woodcut from De Chemia Senioris, by Zadith ben Hamuel, 1566A common notion holds that alchemists were eccentrics, lone practitioners working in dingy basements, cut off from the rest of the world. This was a myth already well established...
From: Conciatore on 2 Oct 2020

An Alchemist's Kitchen

 Tesoro del Mondo, "Ars Preparatio Animalium"Antonio Neri 1598-1600, f. 10r (MS Ferguson 67).Between 1598 and 1600, Antonio Neri wrote a manuscript filled with alchemical recipes. He entitled it Tesoro del Mondo or "Treasure of the World"...
From: Conciatore on 28 Sep 2020

Powerful Bundles: The Materiality of Protection Amulets in Early Modern Switzerland

By Eveline Szarka If you shop around for a protection amulet today, you will most likely stumble upon ornamental jewellery. More often than not these pieces are round in shape, and pieces featuring Kabbalistic or runic symbols are especially popular....
From: The Recipes Project on 24 Sep 2020

Neri and the Kabbalah

 Kabbalistic Sephiroth Tree,from Portae Lucis, Paulus Ricius (Trans.)Augsburg, 1516.Kabbalah is a form of mysticism practiced within the Jewish tradition. In the early seventeenth century, there was a great deal of interest in Kabbalistic teachings...
From: Conciatore on 9 Sep 2020

Microscopes & Submarines

The development of #histSTM in the early decades of the Dutch Republic, or Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, to give it its correct name, was quite extraordinary. Alongside the development of cartography and globe making, the most advanced in...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 2 Sep 2020

A Forgotten Alchemist

 Friar Mauritio,Treasure of the world, f.19v (detail)Antonio Neri, (1598-1600).Shortly after ordination as a priest in the Catholic Church, Antonio Neri wrote a manuscript devoted to alchemy, which he called Treasure of the World (1598-1600)....
From: Conciatore on 12 Aug 2020

Gold Ruby Glass

A gold florin.Legend claims gold ruby glass was discovered when a nobel threwa gold coin into a glass maker's crucible.Antonio Neri is best remembered for writing L'Arte Vetraria. It was the first printed book entirely devoted to the formulation...
From: Conciatore on 5 Aug 2020

Summer 2020 Reading List: What I Would Have Read

I’m a bit late with this summer reading list: it’s August! And this list is more intentional than actual, so I’m not going to be able to give informed commentary on most of these books. I planned to read all of them, but as soon as the...
From: streets of salem on 4 Aug 2020

Primordial Matter

16th century Mining practices, from Agricola, De Re MetallicaIn the early seventeenth century, Florentine priest Antonio Neri wrote the first printed book devoted to formulating glass from raw materials. His work is called L'Arte Vetraria, which...
From: Conciatore on 17 Jul 2020

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