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Mundus intellectualis illustration from Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, page 217[1] by Robert Fludd, depicting a diagram of the human mind
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Mundus intellectualis illustration from Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, page 217[1] by Robert Fludd, depicting a diagram of the human mind
Theatrum Orbi engraving by Theodor de Bry from the chapter on Ars Memoriae in Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica by Robert Fludd.
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Theatrum Orbi engraving by Theodor de Bry from the chapter on Ars Memoriae in Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica by Robert Fludd.

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Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia (The metaphysical, physical, and technical history of the two worlds, namely the greater and the lesser) is a book by Robert Fludd, published in Germany between 1617 and 1621).

Illustrations are by Jean Théodore de Bry and Matthäus Merian.

Theatrum Orbi

Theatrum Orbi

The often shown engraving of that book, the Theatrum Orbi[2], is by Jean Théodore de Bry. It depicts a scaenae frons, five doors and a bay window. On the bay window are inscribed the words "THEATRUM ORBI."

According to Frances Yates, Fludd's memory system, which she describes in detail in The Art of Memory, may reflect the layout of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Excerpt of the text that accompanies the engraving:

Theatrum appello illud, in quo omnes vocabulorum, sententiarum, particularum orationis seu subjectorum actiones tanquam in theatro publico, ubi comoediae & tragoediae aguntur, demonstrantur.[3]
"I call a theatre [a place in which] all actions of words, of sentences, of particulars of a speech or of subjects are shown, as in a public theatre in which comedies and tragedies are acted."[4]

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