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Cut Flowers (2017)


Designations of still life as natura morta, nature morte, naturaleza muerta are based on a gross misunderstanding. We are only beginning to fully understand how masterfully the genre played with the supposed boundaries between the living and dead. It is above all floral still life painting after 1600, in which the intermediate state between life and death is centrally thematized. Where do cut plants actually derive their mysterious liveliness? Throughout its history the study of botany focused on the reality and mystery of plant metabolism. As scientists fiercely debated the nutritional aspect of floral still life in the horizon of its precarious liveliness, Dutch painters experimented with making visible the mysterious interiority of vases. In this way, still life painters modelled the larger epistemic problem of plant nutrition, self-preservation, and life not in terms of a positive answer, or hypothesis, but as an enigmatic field, an open question.

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Article Eva Struhal (2017) Introduction: Who Can Read the Book of Nature? Early Modern Artists and Scientists in Dialogue. Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza (pp. 501-513). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Orlean, Susan
Stein, Sara
Morton-Evans, Christine
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Leith-Ross, Prudence
Oelbaum, Zeva
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Der Globusfreund: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Globen- und Instrumentenkunde
British Journal for the History of Science
Food and History
National Library of Australia
Royal Collection
Antique Collectors' Club
National Gallery of Art
Science and art
Painters and painting
Natural history
Rowan, Ellis
Rubens, Peter Paul
Brueghel, Jan the Elder
Marshal, Alexander
Medici, Cosimo II de', granduca di Toscana
Hooke, Robert
Time Periods
17th century
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Early modern
16th century
East Indies
Tuscany (Italy)
British Library

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