Book ID: CBB010461817

Galileo’s Thinking Hand: Mannerism, Anti-Mannerism and the Virtue of Drawing in the Foundation of Early Modern Science (2019)


Contemporary biographies of Galilei emphasize, in several places, that he was a masterful draughtsman. In fact, Galilei studied at the art academy, which is where his friendship with Ludovico Cigoli developed, who later became the official court artist. The book focuses on this formative effect – it tracks Galilei’s trust in the epistemological strength of drawings. It also looks at Galilei’s activities in the world of art and his reflections on art theory, ending with an appreciation of his fame; after all, he was revered as a rebirth of Michelangelo. For the first time, this publication collects all aspects of the appreciation of Galilei as an artist, contemplating his art not only as another facet of his activities, but as an essential element of his research.

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Review Eileen Reeves (2020) Review of "Galileo’s Thinking Hand: Mannerism, Anti-Mannerism and the Virtue of Drawing in the Foundation of Early Modern Science". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 390-391). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Davidson, Jane Pierce
Tomasi, Lucia Tongiorgio
Reeves, Eileen A.
Tanner, Jakob
Egmond, Florike
Anderson, Gemma
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal of the History of Collections
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Indiana University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
de Gruyter
Scientific illustration
Science and art
Visual representation; visual communication
Drawing; designing
Natural history
Communication of scientific ideas
Galilei, Galileo
Cesi, Federico
Scheiner, Christoph
Platter, Felix
Gesner, Konrad
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
18th century
19th century
16th century
20th century, early
South America
McGill University (Canada)

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