Marsilio Ficino and the Return of Hermes Trismegistus

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Marsilio Ficino e il ritorno di Ermete Trismegisto|Marsilio Ficino and the Return of Hermes Trismegistus

Authors: Sebastiano Gentile & Carlos Gilly

‘Ad fontes’: To the sources, it is a famous Renaissance motto, referring to the Renaissance study of classical Greek and Latin texts, some of which had only recently been rediscovered. One of these texts was the Corpus Hermeticum, a codex of which was owned by Cosimo de Medici in Florence (Cardinal Bessarion in Venice also owned a codex, which was more complete). In a sense, the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica returned to the sources when it organized an exhibition in collaboration with the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, the library of the renowned Medici family, to celebrate the translation of the Corpus Hermeticum by the physician and philosopher Marsilio Ficino.

The bi-lingual exhibition catalogue is divided into two sections. The first, by Sebastiano Gentile, contains descriptions and illustrations of manuscripts and incunables illustrating Renaissance Hermetism and books from the library of Marsilio Ficino now in the Biblioteca Laurenziana and other Florentine Libraries. The second, by Carlos Gilly, presents a wide selection of manuscripts and printed works from the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica collection.

Keywords: Hermetic philosophy, alchemy, magic, Renaissance humanism and Renaissance libraries.

Year of Publication: 1999

Number of pages: 326

Publisher: Centro Di

Language: English

Cover: soft

E-book available: No

Available in other languages: No