Voyages from I to Thou.

Location: Skellig Michel, Ireland

Tuesday, December 28, 2004


... The mood of the Hypnerotomachia seems to imbue the studioli, those exquisite private chambers that enshrined collections of precious objects and significant imagery ...

... Colonna’s ((the author of the Hypnerotomachia)) connoisseurship, together with his encyclopedic scope, anticipates the 16th century fashion of the Kunstkammer, which contained a microcosm of the most precious and extraordinary examples of nature and art. Collections like those of Archduke Ferdinand of the Tyrol in Schloss Ambras, Emperor Rudolph II in Prague, or the Green Vaults in Dresden would have plunged Poliphilo into an ecstasy of admiration. In a sense, the Hypnerotomachia is itself a Kundstkammer, enclosing within its covers a miniature but self-consistent world of visual and verbal beauties and rarities.

-- Jocelyn Godwin, introduction to her translation of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphilia: The Strife of Love in a Dream


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