Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia (The metaphysical, physical, and technical history of the two worlds, namely the greater and the lesser) is a book by Robert Fludd, published in Germany between 1617 and 1621).
The often shown engraving of that book, the Theatrum Orbi, is by Jean Théodore de Bry. It depicts a scaenae frons, five doors and a bay window. On the bay window are inscribed the words "THEATRUM ORBI."
Excerpt of the text that accompanies the engraving:
- Theatrum appello illud, in quo omnes vocabulorum, sententiarum, particularum orationis seu subjectorum actiones tanquam in theatro publico, ubi comoediae & tragoediae aguntur, demonstrantur.
- "I call a theatre [a place in which] all actions of words, of sentences, of particulars of a speech or of subjects are shown, as in a public theatre in which comedies and tragedies are acted."
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