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In "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 Details

ISBN: 9780226764238
ISBN-10: 0226764230
Format: Paperback
(237mm x 223mm x 29mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10-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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