Stephan Michelspacher

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Print from Cabala, Spiegel der Kunst und Natur: in Alchymia

Stephan Michelspacher was a Tyrolean printmaker active in Augsburg during the early seventeenth century.[1]

Michelspacher was a paracelsian physician living in Tyrol. Alinda van Ackooy has suggested that as a Lutheran he left Tyrol in around 1613 owing to the Catholic Renewal promoted by the Habsburgs. Augsburg also was a centre of the print industry, in which Michelspacher was to participate.[2]

In Augsburg on becoming a printmaker he published Cabala, Spiegel der Kunst und Natur: in Alchymia in 1615. The book is noted for its selection of hermetic inspired prints.

He collaborated with Johann Remmelin on an anatomical work, Pinax microcosmographicus.[3]


  1. ^ "Stephan Michelspacher (Biographical details)". British Museum. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ Ackooy, Alinda van. "Through the Alchemical Looking Glass. An Interpretation of Stephan Michelspacher's Cabala: Spiegel der Kunst und Natur, in Alchymia concerning the Tincture of the Alchemists". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  3. ^ Rola, Stanislas Klossowski de (1997). The golden game : alchemical engravings of the seventeenth century (1st paperback ed.). New York: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500279816.