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A Mirror of Wisdom: Simon Vouet’s Satyrs Admiring the Anamorphosis of an Elephant and Its Afterlives


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Marr, Alexander 

Abstract

This essay addresses the invention, meaning and reception of Simon Vouet’s Satyrs admiring the anamorphosis of an elephant (ca. 1627) and the engraving after it by Johannes Tröschel. It identifies the subject as a thesis print with theological and philosophical content, likely made in the orbit of the Jesuits of the Collegio Romano and under the patronage of Prince Maurice of Savoy. The image’s deployment of catoptrical technology and anamorphosis is discussed in relation to period conceptions of imprese, including those of Emanuele Tesauro. The image’s creation and reception are situated in the context of Italy’s learned academies and pan-European interest in mathematical optics and instrumentation.

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A Mirror of Wisdom: Simon Vouet’s Satyrs Admiring the Anamorphosis of an Elephant and Its Afterlives

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3601 Art History, Theory and Criticism, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 36 Creative Arts and Writing

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Archimedes

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Reference work

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

ISBN

9783030846206