Book ID: CBB001251256

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (2011)


Dackerman, Susan (Author)
Daston, Lorraine J. (Author)
Park, Katharine (Author)
Schmidt, Suzanne Karr (Author)
Swan, Claudia (Author)
Dackerman, Susan (Editor)

Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: 442 pp.; ill.; maps; bibl.; index
Language: English

An unusual collaboration among distinguished art historians and historians of science, this book demonstrates how printmakers of the Northern Renaissance, far from merely illustrating the ideas of others, contributed to scientific investigations of their time. Hans Holbein, for instance, worked with cosmographers and instrument makers on some of the earliest sundial manuals published; Albrecht Durer produced the first printed maps of the constellations, which astronomers copied for over a century; and, Hendrick Goltzius' depiction of the muscle-bound Hercules served as a study aid for students of anatomy. "Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe" features fascinating reproductions of woodcuts, engravings, and etchings; maps, globe gores, and globes; multilayered anatomical 'flap' prints; and, paper scientific instruments used for observation and measurement. Among the 'do-it-yourself' paper instruments were sundials and astrolabes, and the book incorporates a facsimile of globe gores for the reader to cut out and assemble

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Rhodes, Neil
Sawday, Jonathan
Peiffer, Jeanne
Pingree, David Edwin
Pedoe, Dan
Eisler, Colin
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
Historia Mathematica
Res Publica Litterarum: Studies in the Classical Tradition
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Smithsonian Institution Press
Little, Brown
Éditions du Seuil
Yale University Press
Western world, civilization and culture
Dürer, Albrecht
Francesca, Piero della
Barbaro, Daniele
Pacioli, Luca
Leonardo da Vinci
Kepler, Johannes
Early modern
16th century
17th century
18th century

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