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Thanks for the support!

After the first few weeks of the launch of the merian-alchemie website, we are happy about the numerous hits on the dynamic knowledge platform and would like to thank our colleagues and the research community for their support and the many positive reactions!

We would also like to thank Carlos Gilly, Oliver Humberg and Rainer Werthmann for their scientific advice and for sharing their findings from their fields of expertise with us so that the knowledge platform reflects the current state of research.

In addition, further thematic contributions by Ulrike Hanschke (Kassel), Heiner Borggrefe (Lemgo), Magdalena Ölzant (Vienna) and Stella Wisgrill (Cambridge) will soon follow on the website. We are very happy about the scientific exchange!

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The project is online!

We are happy to announce that the virtual exhibition & dynamic knowledge platform is online since May 06: https://merian-alchemie.ub.uni-frankfurt.de

Visitors can enter the theme via the annotated Intro: Alchemische Weltlandschaft or directly explore the virtual exhibition via the seven thematic rooms. In addition to the exhibition, the website also features an extensive bibliography, professional articles, publications (in preparation) and further thematic references.

As the project also distinguishes itself as a dynamically growing process, new contributions and references will continue to be published to expand and complement the platform. This news will be announced continuously via ResearchGate or can be subscribed via the newsletter. (To receive the newsletter, please email: bwagner@kunst.uni-frankfurt.de)

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News: The virtual launch of the website is expected to take place at the end of March / beginning of April 2021. Interested colleagues and students are welcome to register for the public launch by email (contact: bwagner@kunst.uni-frankfurt.de / l.etz@stud.uni-frankfurt.de)!

The processing of the virtual implementation of the contributions and images is progressing well. Through the collaboration with the University Library Frankfurt, many of the images shown in the exhibition can be integrated as digital copies from the holdings (Occulta Collection, Senckenberg Collection). In addition, illustrations linked via the new image standard IIIF are integrated into the ‚dynamic knowledge platform‘: For example, Matthäus Merian the Elder’s richly designed print Calendarium naturale magicum perpetuum[…], which is shown as a digital copy via the interface of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The integrated zoom makes it possible to view the print down to the smallest detail. 

Moreover, we are pleased to announce that in Room VI Materielle Kultur der Alchemie further contributors and specialists who deal with the subject of art and/or alchemy are added for the Merian-Alchemy-Project. They will share their knowledge on the dynamic platform. These include Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk (Düsseldorf), Karsten Gaulke (Kassel) and Rainer Werthmann (Kassel). 

Further information at: https://www.kunst.uni-frankfurt.de/de/forschung/projekte/m-merian-d-ae-und-die-bebilderung-der-alchemie/