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Knowledge, Power and Nature 1500-1700 - Term 2 Week 3

Seminar Reading

Daston, Lorraine, and Park Katharine, ‘Wonders of Art, Wonders of Nature’, in ibid, Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 (New York, 1998), pp. 255-301.

Parshall, Peter, ‘Imago Contrafacta: Images and Facts in the Northern Renaissance’, Art History 16 (1993): 554-579.

Stein, Claudia, ‘Images and Meaning-Making in a World of Resemblance: The Bavarian-Saxon Kidney Stone Affair of 1580', European History Quarterly 43, 2 (2013): 205-234.

Seminar/Essay Questions:

What was the epistemology behind early modern cabinets of wonder?

‘Images reveal the truth.’ Discuss.

Further Reading

Findlen, Paula, ‘The Museum: Its Classical Etymology and Renaissance Genealogy’, Journal for the History of Collections 1 (1989), pp. 59-78.

Kaufmann DaCosta, Thomas: The Mastery of Nature: Aspects of Art, Science, and Humanism in the Renaissance (Princeton, 1993), chapter 7: From Mastery of the World to Mastery of Nature, pp. 174-194.

Shakelford, Jole, ‘Documenting the Factual and the Artefactual: Ole Worm and Public Knowledge’, Endeavour 23 (2) (1999): 65-71.

Shelton, Anthony Alan, ‘Cabinet of Transgression: Renaissance Collections and the Incorporation of the New World’, in Cultures of Collecting, ed. by John

Elsner and Roger Cardinal (London: Reaction Books, 1994), pp. 177-203.

Whitker, Katie, ‘The Culture of Curiosity’, in Cultures of Natural History, ed. by Nicholas Jardine and Emma Spary (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 75-90.

Alpers, Svetlana, The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983).

Cook, Harold J., ‘Time’s Bodies: Crafting the Preparations and Preservations of Naturalia’, in Pamela Smith and Paula Findlen (eds.), Merchants & Marvels: Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern Europe (New York/London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 223-247.

Findlen, Paula, ‘Commerce, Art and Science in the Early Modern Cabinet of Curiosities’, in Pamela Smith and Paula Findlen (eds.), Merchants & Marvels: Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern Europe (New York/London 2001), pp. 297-323.

Findlen, Paula, Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Berkeley 1994).

Evans, Richard, Rudolf II and His World: a Study in Intellectual History (Oxford, 1973).

Daston, Lorraine, ‘Marvelous Facts and Miraculous Evidence in Early Modern Europe’, in Wonder, Marvels, and Monsters in Early Modern Culture, ed. by Peter G. Platt (London, 1999), pp. 76-104.

Daston, Lorraine/Park, Katharine Daston, Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 (New York, 1997).

Foucault, Michel, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (London, 1979, c1966)

Impey, Oliver/MacGregor, Arthur (eds.), The Origins of Museum: The Cabinets of Curiosity in Sixteenth-and Seventeenth Century Europe (Oxford: Claredon Press, 1985).

Kemp, Martin, ‘Wrought by No Artist’s Hand: The Natural, the Artificial, the Exotic, and the Scientific in Some Artefacts from the Renaissance’, in Reforming the Renaissance: Visual Culture in Europe and Latin America 1450-1650, ed. by Claire Farago (New Haven,1995): 177-196.

Lugli, Adalgisa, Naturalia et Mirabilian: Les cabinet de curiosites en Europe (Paris, 1998, c1983.

Mason, Peter, ‘From Presentation to Representation: Americana in Europe’, Journal of the History of Collection 6 (1) (1994): pp. 1-20.

Meadow, ‘Merchants and Marvels: Hans Jacob Fugger and the Origins of the Wunderkammer’, in Pamela Smith and Paula Findlen (eds.), Merchants &

Marvels: Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern Europe (New York/London, 2002), pp. 182-200.

Mullaney, Steven, ‘Strange, Things, Gross Terms, Curious Customs: The Rehearsal of Cultures in the late Renaissance’ (c1983), in Facing Culture (….), ed. by Anthony Padgen. pp. 188-212. (brilliant essay which goes beyond the walls of the Wunderkabinet and looks at the culture of early modern presentation and re-presentation in general).

Pomian, Krzyztof, Collectors and Curiosities: Paris and Venice, 1500-1800 (trans. By Elizabeth Wiles-Portier (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1990; orig. publ. 1987). (Still THE monograph on collecting!)

Tribby, Jay: ‘Body/Building: Living the Museum Life in Early Modern Europe’, Rhetorica 10 (1992): 139-163.

Schnapper, A., Le Geant, la licorne, la Tulipe. Collections et collectionneurs dans la France du XVIIe siecle.1.Histoire et histoire naturelle (Paris: 1988).

Smith, Pamela, The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (Chicago, 2004).

Seelig, Lorenz, ‘The Munich Kunstkammer 1565-1807’, in, The Origins of Museum: The Cabinets of Curiosity in Sixteenth-and Seventeenth-Century Europe, ed. by Oliver Impey/Arthur MacGregor (Oxford: Claredon Press, 1985).

Watanabe-O’Kelly, Helen, ‘The Management of Knowledge at the Electoral Court of Saxony in Dresden’, in Ways of Knowing: Ten Interdisciplinary Essays, ed. by Mary Lindemann (Leiden, 2004), 53-66.