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Description - The Body of the Artisan by Pamela H. Smith

Since the time of Aristotle, the making of knowledge and the making of objects have generally been considered separate enterprises. Yet during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the two became linked through a "new" philosophy known as science. In The Body of the Artisan, Pamela H. Smith demonstrates how much early modern science owed to an unlikely source-artists and artisans.

From goldsmiths to locksmiths and from carpenters to painters, artists and artisans were much sought after by the new scientists for their intimate, hands-on knowledge of natural materials and the ability to manipulate them. Drawing on a fascinating array of new evidence from northern Europe including artisans' objects and their writings, Smith shows how artisans saw all knowledge as rooted in matter and nature. With nearly two hundred images, The Body of the Artisan provides astonishingly vivid examples of this Renaissance synergy among art, craft, and science, and recovers a forgotten episode of the Scientific Revolution-an episode that forever altered the way we see the natural world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226764238
ISBN-10: 0226764230
Format: Paperback / softback
(239mm x 226mm x 22mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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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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