First Translation of Josephin Peladan’s La décadence esthétique Published

Sub Rosa Studio has published Australian artist Robert Burratti’s translation of Josephin Peladan’s La décadence esthétique in which he laid out the principles employed in mounting his series of Rose Croix Salons Belle Epoque Paris. Some commentators would say these had a crucial influence on Aleister Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis and very possibly details incorporated into his reworking of Masonic rituals that resulted in the initiations currently used by Ordo Templi Orientis.

The publisher’s site says:

Péladan, who dared to speak aloud what usually remains implicit in the aesthetic sphere: belief in the artist’s alchemical power, in the godlike nature of creation, in the oracular quality of genius. His groundbreaking Parisian Salons of the 1880’s are still highly influential to those interested in the relation of art and spirituality. This edition is the first English translation of Peladan’s personal writing on the philosophy and execution of those landmark exhibitions.

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