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Tuesday: Opening at Harvard Art Museums
Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe Sep 6 2011 — Dec 10 2011
Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Wenzel Jamnitzer, Goldsmith, Mathematician and Draftsman of Instruments, c. 1550, Jost Amman, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. More Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to the scientific investigations of the 16th century. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue challenge the perception of artists as illustrators in the service of scientists. Artists’ printed images served as both instruments for research and agents in the dissemination of knowledge. The exhibition, displaying prints, books, maps, and such instruments as sundials, globes, astrolabes, and armillary spheres, looks at relationships between their producers and their production, as well as among the objects themselves. The story of 16th-century technology is enhanced by technology of the 21st, with interactive computers in the galleries, an interactive module on the website, and an iPhone/iPad application in iTunes.
Curated by Susan Dackerman, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums. Organized in collaboration with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.