Microcosm and macrocosm, 17th century

Microcosm and macrocosm, 17th century

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Credit: ASIAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN DIVISION/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Microcosm and macrocosm. 17th-century artwork titled 'Typus Sympathicus Microcosmi cum Megacosmo'. The macrocosm and microcosm were central to medieval astrology: humans (the microcosm) reflected the larger universe (the macrocosm). Bodily organs are shown, along with zodiacal and planetary symbols. The dotted lines are labelled in Latin with the name of the body parts they point towards. The outer ring names various plants, diseases and foods. Artwork from the three-volume work 'Oedipus Aegyptiacus' (1652-54) by German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (circa 1601-1680).

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