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The Melencolia Manifesto

David Ritz Finkelstein


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

About Editors

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 more than 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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Paperback ISBN: 9780750328517

Ebook ISBN: 9781681741543

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6817-4090-4

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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