Most of the exhibition texts have now been completed and are being edited by Katja Lehnert and Berit Wagner. The planned date for the publication of the virtual exhibition is October 2020. In addition to contributions by students, there will be individual guest contributions by young scientists and specialists in the field of the connection between art and alchemy. These include Corinna Gannon (Frankfurt), Sonja Gehrisch (Frankfurt), Katja Lehnert (Frankfurt) and Sergei Zotov (Berlin/Moscow).
There are many individual results and equally connectable reflections that bring the picture together. In the course of our research work, we have, for example, looked into the ‘Stammbuch’ – album amicorum – of Stoltzius von Stoltzenberg (1599-after 1644), a pupil of the alchemist Michael Maier and author of the alchemical anthology Chymisches Lustgärtlein (Frankfurt: Jennis 1624). The album amicorum, which is well prepared for research and kept at Uppsala University Library (from where it is available online), has been relatively well known in historical alchemy research since the 1990s at the latest. One of our innovative questions, however, was in what context the artist Matthäus Merian the Elder signed the friendship book of a fervent follower of alchemy. Another discovery is the elaborately designed entry by the Frankfurt painter Philipp Uffenbach (1566-1636), which the Uffenbach expert Ursula Opitz will discuss for the first time in the upcoming virtual exhibition. In deciphering Uffenbach’s handwritten dedication, Ursula Opitz has kindly received support and also an expression of interest in the Alchemica Illustrataproject from Daniel Solling, the online editor of the album amicorum in Uppsala (now research archivist at the Institutet för språk och folkminnen in Uppsala).