The Melencolia Manifesto

The Melencolia Manifesto

David Ritz Finkelstein
ISBN: 9781681740263 | PDF ISBN: 9781681740904
Copyright © 2017 | 59 Pages | Publication Date: January, 2017

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Few artworks have been the subject of more extensive modern interpretation than Melencolia I by renowned artist, mathematician, and scientist Albrecht Durer (1514). And yet, did each of these art experts and historians miss a secret manifesto that Durer included within the engraving? This is the first work to decrypt secrets within Melencolia I based not on guesswork, but Durer's own writings, other subliminal artists that inspired him (i.e., Leonardo da Vinci), the Jewish and Christian Bibles, and books that inspired Durer (De Occulta Philosophia and the Hieorglyphica).

To read the covert message of Melencolia I is to understand that Durer was a humanist in his interests in mathematics, science, poetry, and antiquity. This book recognizes his unparalleled power with the burin, his mathematical skill in perspective, his dedication to precise language, and his acute observation of nature. Melencolia I may also be one of the most controversial (and at the time most criminal) pieces of art as it hid Durer's disdain for the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, the Kaiser, and the Holy Roman Empire from the general public for centuries. This book closely ties the origins of philosophy (science) and the work of a Renaissance master together, and will be of interest for anyone who loves scientific history, art interpretation, and secret manifestos.

Table of Contents

Author biography
Editor's note
1 Origins
2 Background
3 Gateways
3.1 Ghosts
3.2 Anagram
3.3 Subliminal faces
3.4 The Triumphal Arch
3.5 Mystery
3.6 The demon
3.7 The octahedron
3.8 The angel
3.9 The compasses
3.10 The Arab
3.11 The millstone
3.12 The dog
3.13 The wave
3.14 Destroying angels
3.15 The ladder
3.16 The house
3.17 The magic square
3.18 The door
3.19 The boy
3.20 The scales
3.21 The globe
3.22 The moonbow
3.23 The comet
3.24 The hexagram
3.25 The bell-ringer
3.26 Melancholy
3.27 §
3.28 Serpents
3.29 The three gnomons
4 Summation
5 Disclosure
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About the Author(s)

David Ritz Finkelstein, Georgia Institute of Technology
David Ritz Finkelstein (1929-2016) was an emeritus professor of physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained his PhD from MIT in 1953. David was a pioneer who (with Charles W. Misner) discovered the gravitational kink, and in 1958 published a paper on "unidirectional membranes" which were renamed "black holes." He was the editor of the International Journal of Theoretical Physics for over 20 years. His wife's words provide the background for this book: "For five years or so, David had a mistress, Melancolia.:

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