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Claudia Swan
Claudia Swan is associate professor of art history of Northwestern University.
Swan, Claudia
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Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
~Writing and picturing the history of nature were popular approaches to understanding it during the early modern period. Increased emphasis on observation and experience marked a fresh approach to its study. Scholars and amateurs amassed a wealth of new knowledge of nature by collecting specimens of flora and fauna in the field, gathering images of specimens from...
Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
Susan Dackerman (Editor), Claudia Swan (Contributor), Suzanne K. Schmidt (Contributor)
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.
Author
Susan Dackerman (Editor), Claudia Swan (Contributor), Suzanne K. Schmidt (Contributor)
Print publication date September 2011 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300171075
EISBN 9780300238365
Illustrations 271 Illus.
Print Status out of print