The art of memory's relationship to the Imaginary changed direction again in the 16th century. Giulio Camillo built, without ever finishing it, a Theater of Memory (see above a representation produced by Yates). This half circle made out of wood was divided into seven parts which were in turn divided into seven, and then again into seven, resulting in 343 compartments. The divisions followed astrology and bore emblems and symbols. Standing on the stage, the viewer could see at once the total knowledge ... of alchemists. After having transformed the religious Imaginary in the middle ages, the art of memory became esoteric in the Renaissance.
NB - I have used "Imaginary", as no translation for the French term "l'imaginaire" exists, which is defined as the collection of images and fantasies pertaining to the imagination.
a garden of memory (which doesn't quite relate to text above, sorry)
Fresco of paradise, by Menabuoi
Last Judgement (detail) by Fra Angelico
Contributed by - - Arabella Hutter