Saturn and Melancholy: Studies in the History of Natural Philosophy, Religion, and Art

Saturn and Melancholy: Studies in the History of Natural Philosophy, Religion, and Art

Erwin Panofsky, Raymond Klibansky, Fritz Saxl

Language: English

Pages: 268

ISBN: B0000CM9SC

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A reprint of the original, published in 1964 by Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. Devoted in the main to a reading of Albrecht Dürer's famous engraving, the "Melencolia I" and the metaphysical relation of melancholy to artistic inspiration, this volume is also, as one Goodreads review puts it, "perfect for anyone interested in the Graeco-Roman concept of Kronos/Saturnus, in the Islamic Golden Age and how great physical/medical thinkers in Baghdad and great religious thinkers in Sevilla and Cordoba kept Greek traditions alive during a thousand years of Catholic isolation, and in genuinely wacky "nonfiction" ala Borges (the endlessly recursive essay, the zahir, the great Argentine's own obsession with the Qabbalah and its intermingling with Anglo-Saxon poetry)."

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some people. Hence Homer said in the poem: "He says that I swim in tears like a man that is heavy with drinking." Sometimes they also become compassionate or savage or taciturn-for some relapse into complete silence. especially those melancholies who are out of their minds. Wine also makes THE NOTION OF MELANCIIQL Y: PROBLEM XXX, I §2] 21 men amorous; this is shown by the fact that a man in his cups may even be induced to kiss persons whom, because of their appearance or age, nobody at all

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