Poster - Head, Robert Fludd (1574 – 1637)
The head of this young man is in fact a diagram of the human mind. Not only does it indicate the seats of the five senses – Tactus, touch (index finger); Gustus, taste (mouth); Odoratus, smelling (nose), Visus, sight (eye) and Auditus, hearing (ear), but also the way through which God can communicate with man and vice versa. This can be achieved using the faculties of reason (Ratio), intellect (Intellectus) and mind (Mens). Above these three faculties we see a ‘communication channel’ that allows man to access the world of God and the angels .
Illustration from: Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia, 1619, Robert Fludd.
Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Collection | Embassy of the Free Mind, Amsterdam.
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Size: 50 x 70 cm