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Making marvels: science and splendor at the courts of Europe (2019)


At once beautiful works of art and technological wonders, the objects featured in Making Marvels demonstrate how European royalty from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment signaled their status through their collections of ingeniously crafted inventions. Featuring 150 exemplary objects ranging from mechanical toys to scientific instruments, timepieces to automata, this groundbreaking study brings to life a glorious period when luxury, a quest for knowledge, scientific invention, and political power combined to produce remarkable works of art. More than frivolous playthings, these works inspired technical innovations that influenced a broad spectrum of activities, including astronomy, engineering, and artisanal craftsmanship. This remarkable volume explores works in a wide range of materials, including precious metals, gemstones, pietra dura, marble, ivory, wood, bone, shell, glass, and paper. The book's compelling essays address the layered historical context in which these objects were fashioned and gathered into cabinets of wonder at courts throughout Europe; elucidate their complex blending of art and science; and provide fascinating details about the patrons who commissioned them and the specialists who made them. (Publisher)

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Review Mark A. Meadow (October 2021) Review of "Making marvels: science and splendor at the courts of Europe". Technology and Culture (pp. 1241-1242). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Smith, Pamela H.
Long, Pamela O.
Davids, Karel A.
Shalev, Zur
Glaze, Florence Eliza
Nance, Brian K.
Technology and Culture
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
University of Pittsburgh Press
Oregon State University Press
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Northwestern University
Crafts and craftspeople
Science and art
Courts and courtiers
Court sponsored science; patronage
Glauber, Johann Rudolph
Erich Mercker
Viviani, Vincenzo
Medici, family
Galison, Peter
Zilsel, Edgar
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
16th century
18th century
Middle and Near East
Accademia delle Arti del Disegno

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