Book ID: CBB001422706

The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris (2015)


Guerrini, Anita (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 352 pp.; ill.; bibl.; index
Language: English

The Courtiers' Anatomists is about dead bodies and live animals in Louis XIV's Paris--and the surprising links between them. Examining the practice of seventeenth-century anatomy, Anita Guerrini reveals how anatomy and natural history were connected through animal dissection and vivisection. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Parisian scientists, with the support of the king, dissected hundreds of animals from the royal menageries and the streets of Paris. Guerrini is the first to tell the story of Joseph-Guichard Duverney, who performed violent, riot-inducing dissections of both animal and human bodies before the king at Versailles and in front of hundreds of spectators at the King's Garden in Paris. At the Paris Academy of Sciences, meanwhile, Claude Perrault, with the help of Duverney's dissections, edited two folios in the 1670s filled with lavish illustrations by court artists of exotic royal animals. Through the stories of Duverney and Perrault, as well as those of Marin Cureau de la Chambre, Jean Pecquet, and Louis Gayant, The Courtiers' Anatomists explores the relationships between empiricism and theory, human and animal, as well as the origins of the natural history museum and the relationship between science and other cultural activities, including art, music, and literature.

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Review Kathryn A. Hoffmann (2017) Review of "The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris". American Historical Review (pp. 258-259). unapi

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Review Allen Shotwell (2018) Review of "The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 524-525). unapi

Review Margaret Carlyle (2017) Review of "The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris". Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period (pp. 393-395). unapi

Review Gillian Lewis (2017) Review of "The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris". Archives of Natural History (pp. 372-373). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Guerrini, Anita
Rabinovitch, Oded
Robbins, Louise E.
Arikha, Noga
White, Paul S.
Mayer, Jed
Perspectives on Science
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Victorian Studies
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Johns Hopkins University Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
MIT Press
Bononia University Press
Classiques Garnier
Natural history
Human-animal relationships
Perrault, Claude
Perrault, Charles
Colbert, Jean Baptiste
Riolan, Jean
Harvey, William
Willis, Thomas
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
16th century
Paris (France)
Great Britain
London (England)
Florence (Italy)
Académie des Sciences, Paris
Reale Museo di Fisica e Storia Naturale di Firenze
Académie Royale des Sciences (France)

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