In this image Robert Fludd endeavors to portray the entire world, both natural and artificial, in a single magnificent and detailed image. The central figures represent human artifice (the “ape of nature”) restrained by nature, portrayed as woman. Nature herself obeys the creative hand of God. Fludd depicts human powers, natural objects and processes, and supernatural entities as highly interconnected.
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Photograph by Douglas A. Lockard.
From The Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.
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