Editions on CD:


• Corpus of Spanish Emblem Books

• The Golden Age of European Emblematics

• Emblems of Wither & Rollenhagen

• Alciato, Emblemata. Critical Edition

• Emblems of the Society of Jesus

• Renaissance Books of Imprese

• Baroque Repertories of Imprese


• Hieroglyphics

• Animal Symbolism

• Mythographies


• Renaissance Numismatics

• Complete Works of Hubert Goltzius

proverbial wisdom

• Erasmus’ Adagia. Versions and Sources


• Covarrubias, Tesoro de la lengua española

complete works

• Baltasar Gracián

Treasures of Kalocsa

• Book of Psalms
MS 382, c. 1438


5. Emblems and Symbols of the Society of Jesus

Presentation by the Rev. G. Richard Dimler, S. J.

THE JESUITS were the principal disseminators of the symbolic language that was developed in emblems and allegories beginning in the sixteenth century. In their influential educational system, the emblematic imagination was fundamental. The practical orientation of their pedagogy and their desire for intervention carried this creativity out to the plazas and streets, with a persuasive intent in the majority of instances. Their presence could be seen in both public and private spaces, but, in a deeper and more subtle manner, it could be appreciated in the mental habits of so many artists and writers who studied under the Jesuits. A disseminating nucleus of ideas and images was thus constituted, one that played with the mystery inherent in the symbolic image, in order to awaken attention and to achieve the maximum power of conviction within the sphere of the Counter-Reformation.

The speculative side of many of their writers led to the composition of some of the most important theoretical works on emblems and imprese, to the compilation of encyclopedias, and to the organization of erudition that helps us to understand how the men of the period interpreted and constructed that symbolic knowledge.

This CD by Studiolum includes an ample selection of Jesuit works in the tradition delineated, from well-known titles to others hardly noticed but no less important. With few justifiable exceptions, we edit those works that contain illustrations, leaving for a future edition the unillustrated books.

In preparation.


Titles included:

• Antwerp (College S.J.), Typus mundi (1697)
• Bischoff, Engelbert, Genethlicon serenissimo neo-nato Archiduci Austriae Leopoldo ... (Vienna 1701)
• Bivero, Pedro de, Sacrum sanctuarium crucis et patientiae (Antwerp 1634)
• Bollandus, Joannes, Imago primi saeculi Societatis Jesu (Antwerp 1640)
• Bosch, Jakob, Symbolographia (Augsburg & Dillingen 1701)
• Bovio, Carlo, Ignatius insignium (Rome 1655)
• Brunner, Andreas, Excubiae tutelares principis Ferdinandi Mariae (Munich 1637)
• Cologne (College S.J.), Annus Saecularis Societatis Iesu (Cologne 1618)
• Cuvelier, Michel, Scala salutis (Cologne 1650)
• David, Jan, Duodecim specula Deum (Antwerp 1610)
• David, Jan, Veridicus christianus (Antwerp 1601)
• Drexel, Jeremias, De Aeternitate considerationes (Munich 1620)
• Drexel, Jeremias, Heliotropium (Munich 1627)
• Drexel, Jeremias, Zodiacus christianus (Munich 1618) with English translation (London 1647)
• Engelgrave, Henricus, Lux evangelica. (Antwerp 1648)
• Graz (College S.J.), Annus primus imperii Austriaci ... (Graz 1638)
• Hawkins, Henry, Partheneia sacra (Rouen 1633)
• Hugo, Herman, Pia desideria (Antwerp 1624) with English translation (London 1686)
• Kreihing, Johannes, Emblematica ethico-politica (Antwerp 1661)
• La Rue, Charles de, Carminum libri quatuor (Paris 1680) & Idyllia (Rouen 1669)
• Le Jay, Charles de, Le triomphe de la religion (Paris 1687)
• Le Moyne, P, L’art des devises (Paris 1666)
• Luzvic, Etienne, Le coeur devot (Paris 1626)
• Masen, Jakob, Dux viae ad vitam puram (Trier 1667)
• Menestrier, Claude-François, L’art des emblèmes (Lyon 1662)
• Menestrier, Claude-François, Philosophia imaginum (Paris 1682, French; Amsterdam & Danzig 1695, Latin)
• Nadal, Jerónimo, Evangelicae historiae imagines (Antwerp 1593)
• Poirters, Adrian, Het duyfken in de steen-rotse (Antwerp 1657); Het masker vande wereldt (Antwerp 1646)
• Querck, Ignatius, Acta S. Ignatii de Loyola (Vienna 1698)
• Reinzer, Franz, Meteorologia philosophica-politica (Augsburg 1697)
• Sandt, Maximian van der, Aviarium Marianum ([Mainz] 1628)
• Schönberg, Mathias, Das Geschäft des Menschen (Munich 1775)
• Schwarz, Ignaz, Imperii princeps ecclesiasticus (Augsburg 1733)
• Senftleben, Johann, Philosophia moralis (Prague 1683)
• Smidt, Aegidius de, Sinne-beelden der deughden (Antwerp 1667)
• Stanyhurst, Wilhelm, Veteris hominis (Cologne 1702)
• Stengel, Georg, Ova paschalia (Munich 1634)
• Sucquet, Antoine, Via vitae aeternae (Antwerp 1620)
• Vanossi, Antoine, Idea sapientis theo-politici (Vienna 1725)
• Vienna (College S.J.), Apparatus emblematicus ... Borgiae (Vienna 1671)
• Vincart, Jean, Sacrarum heroidum epistolae anno saeculari Societatis Jesu (Turnhout 1640)
• Zetl, P. Philosophia sacra (Dillingen 1715)


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