Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Organized by the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Block Museum, this exhibition examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to scientific inquiries of the 16th century.
Rare and treasured prints, drawings, books, maps, and scientific instruments demonstrate that artists were not just illustrators in the service of scientists but that their work played an active role in facilitating the understanding of new concepts in astronomy, geography, natural history, and anatomy.
In-gallery digital displays, video and audio segments, an iPhone/iPad app, and manipulatable replicas of sundials, globes, and other tools add exciting interactive components to the exhibition. An illustrated catalogue, available features contributions from Northwestern art history professor Claudia Swan and material by graduate student Kathleen Tahk.