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 Dürer produced the first printed maps of the constellations, which astronomers copied for over a century; and Hendrick Goltzius's 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.
Distributed for Harvard Art Museums
Harvard Art Museums (09/06/11-12/10/11)
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University (01/17/12-04/08/12)
Susan Dackerman is Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Harvard Art Museums.
“[A] comprehensive book . . . Filled with woodcuts, engravings, etchings, globe gores, maps, 'flap' prints, and more, it is quite a resource for serious print collectors.”—Rebecca Rego Barry, Fine Books and Collections
~Rebecca Rego Barry
"Excellently researched . . . an important resource."—A. Golahny, Choice
Winner of the 2012 International Fine Print Dealers Association Book Award
~2012 IFPDA Book Award
Winner of the 2012 Roland H. Bainton Prize in the Art History category, given by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
~2012 Roland H. Bainton Prize in the Art History category
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