CONCIATORE, The Life and Times of 17th Century Glassmaker Antonio Neri

By Paul Engle

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Who was Antonio Neri? A new biography by Paul Engle details the life and times of the author of the first and most famous book on making glass. Venture into the mysterious world of a late Renaissance priest and alchemist; not a fictional character but a real flesh and blood man. Antonio Neri plied his craft in Florence, Pisa and Antwerp at the beginning of the seventeenth century. He was both a contemporary of Galileo, and a devotee of Paracelsus. Sponsored by a Medici prince, he is best known for writing L'Arte Vetraria. Explore the cobbled streets of his home town, Florence, where his father served as court physician to the grand duke. Find out why it was not so strange for alchemy to be part of the education of a Catholic priest and why it was essential for a glassmaker to be an alchemist. Neri delighted European royalty with his glass formulations and artificial gems, but his interests ranged far wider. His work spanned the development of new medicines, attempts to make the fabled philosopher's stone and to transmute metals. The quest to make gold was not a simple folly; it spawned the experimental techniques that underpin modern science. Here, for the first time, the disparate threads of Antonio Neri's life are gathered together and assembled into a colorful tapestry. Paul Engle is an independent researcher living in Massachusetts. He is author of an English language translation of Neri's L'Arte Vetraria and of peer reviewed articles on Neri's life and work. Engle is the author of the blog www.conciatore.org.


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Who was Antonio Neri? A new biography by Paul Engle details the life and times of the author of the first and most famous book on making glass. Venture into the mysterious world of a late Renaissance priest and alchemist; not a fictional character but a real flesh and blood man. Antonio Neri plied his craft in Florence, Pisa and Antwerp at the beginning of the seventeenth century. He was both a contemporary of Galileo, and a devotee of Paracelsus. Sponsored by a Medici prince, he is best known for writing L'Arte Vetraria. Explore the cobbled streets of his home town, Florence, where his father served as court physician to the grand duke. Find out why it was not so strange for alchemy to be part of the education of a Catholic priest and why it was essential for a glassmaker to be an alc...


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Paul Engle is an independent researcher with a long standing interest in the history of glass and glassmaking. The following is a short list of his previously published writing on the subject: Antonio Neri, L'Arte Vetraria, the Art of Glass, Paul Engle, ed., tr. (Hubbardston, Massachusetts: Heiden & Engle, 2003-2007), vv. 3. Paul Engle, "Depicting Alchemy: Illustrations from Antonio Neri's 1599 Manuscript," in, Glass of the Alchemists: Lead Crystal-Gold Ruby, 1650-1750, Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, ed. (Corning: The Corning Museum of Glass, 2008), pp. 48-61. http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Alchemists-Lead-Crystal-1650-1750/dp/0872901696 Antonio Neri [videorecording]: the man behind the myth / by Paul Engle; The Corning Museum of Glass. Seminar on Glass (47th: 2008: Corning, N.Y.) http://www.cmog.org/library/antonio-neri-videorecording-man-behind-myth-paul-engle-corning-museum-glass?query=paul%20engle&goto=node/51199&filter=%22bundle%3Alibrary%22&sort=score%20desc%2Cbs_has_image%20desc&object=2 Pieter Boer, Paul Engle, "Antonio Neri: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary References", in Journal of Glass Studies, v. 52 (2010), pp. 51-67. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/57426113/antonio-neri-annotated-bibliography-primary-references Maria Grazia Grazzini, "Discorso sopra la Chimica: the Paracelsian Philosophy of Antonio Neri" in Nuncius, 2012, v. 27, pp. 411-467. (English translation by Paul Engle). http://www.museogalileo.it/assets/files/pdf_news/Nuncius_027_02_2012_doc_inedita.pdf Paul Engle, Conciatore, the Life and Times of 17th Century Glassmaker Antonio Neri. A biography of the famed alchemist, glassmaker and Catholic priest.


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Paul Engle is an independent researcher with a long standing interest in the history of glass and glassmaking. The following is a short list of his previously published writing on the subject: Antonio Neri, L'Arte Vetraria, the Art of Glass, Paul Engle, ed., tr. (Hubbardston, Massachusetts: Heiden & Engle, 2003-2007), vv. 3. Paul Engle, "Depicting Alchemy: Illustrations from Antonio Neri's 1...


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