melancholia

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melancholia

[‚mel·ən′kō·lē·ə]
(psychology)
A disordered mental condition of psychotic proportion characterized by severe depression.
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No mathematical table has inspired the interest of the general public like the Durer magic square, which is prominently displayed in Melencolia I.
Durer's Melencolia I has been the object of Agamben's recent reflection in Stanze where he writes: "L'angelo meditante non e .
Elkins argues that late in the sixteenth century perspective became increasingly employed as a statement of its own arcane and irrational character and that it was used to represent melancholia or as a figure of vanitas (such as in Durer's famous print, Melencolia I, or in Holbein's French Ambassadors).
The exhibition is an inventory of brooding melancholics from the history of Western representation, beginning with the antique: artists, saints, and ill-fated lovers as well as allegorical personifications of Melancholy itself, at the center of which sits Durer's great Melencolia I of 1514, forever fixed in place as the involuted grande dame of imagination in anguish.
The prints exhibited include such items as the rare first state of Durer's Melencolia I formerly owned by John Ruskin, and six of the only ten documented woodcuts by Nikolaus Manuel Deutsch.