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Prints and the pursuit of knowledge

Symposium: 2 December - 3 December 2011

Information from the organizers, 12 September 2011

This two-day symposium will focus on issues raised by the exhibition Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, which examines how celebrated artists contributed to the scientific inquiries of the 16th century. By probing the close working relationships between the artistic and scientific communities, especially their exchange of ideas, the exhibition challenges the view that the related work of artists, natural philosophers and historians, cosmographers, medical practitioners, and instrument makers were discrete efforts, and offers instead a vision of correlated, and sometimes collaborative, production.

Symposium participants:

James Clifton, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Keynote Lecture)
Susan Dackerman, Harvard Art Museums
Christopher Heuer, Princeton University
Joseph Koerner, Harvard University
Sachiko Kusukawa, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Dániel Margócsy, Hunter College
Alexander Marr, University of Southern California
Katharine Park, Harvard University
Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington
Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University
Claudia Swan, Northwestern University

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dates and times: Friday, December 2, 5–8pm, and Saturday, December 3, 8:30am–6:30pm
Free admission

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