The Body of the Artisan
Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution New edition
By (author) Pamela H. Smith
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Body of the Artisan by Pamela H. Smith
Book DescriptionIn "The Body of the Artisan", Pamela H. Smith demonstrates how much early modern science owed to an unlikely source: artists and artisans. Goldsmiths, locksmiths, carpenters, and painters were all sought after by early scientists for their intimate, hands-on knowledge of natural materials, as well as their ability to manipulate them. Drawing on a fascinating array of new evidence from northern Europe, and including nearly 200 images of artisans' objects alongside their writings, "The Body of the Artisan" convincingly demonstrates that artisans viewed knowledge as throughly rooted in matter and nature. "The Body of the Artisan" provides astonishingly vivid examples of this Renaissance synergy among art, craft, and science, recovering a forgotten episode of the Scientific Revolution - an episode that forever altered the way we see the natural world, and science too.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226764238
(237mm x 223mm x 29mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Pamela H. Smith
Matter of Art, Paperback (December 2015)
Drawing on research and models from anthropology, material culture and art history, this study explores topics as diverse as Inka stonework, cork platforms for shoes and the Christian Eucharist.
Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, Paperback (May 2008)
Explores how knowledge was obtained and demonstrated in Europe when standard methods of inquiry took shape across several fields of intellectual pursuit. This book looks at production and consumption of knowledge as a social process. It focuses on how various methods came to interact with practices of craftspeople to create new ways of knowing.
Merchants and Marvels, Hardback (November 2001)» View all books by Pamela H. Smith
This work assembles essays by leading scholars of cultural history, art history, and the history of science and technology to show how ideas about the representation of nature, in both art and science, underwent a profound transformation between the age of the Renaissance and the early 1700s.
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Author Biography - Pamela H. Smith
Pamela H. Smith is professor of history at Columbia University. She is the author of The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire and coeditor of Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science, and Art in Early Modern Europe.
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