The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution / Edition 1

The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution / Edition 1

by Pamela H. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226764230

ISBN-13: 9780226764238

Pub. Date: 10/01/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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 thoroughly 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. 

“A fascinating and significant contribution to a more social, collective, and diversified history of scientific (and artistic) transformations.”—Simon Werrett, Science

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226764238
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Flanders
Chapter 1: The Artisanal World
Part II: South German Cities
Chapter 2: Artisanal Epistemology
Chapter 3: The Body of the Artisan
Chapter 4: Artisanship, Alchemy, and a Vernacular Science of Matter
Part III: The Dutch Republic
Chapter 5: The Legacy of Paracelsus: Practitioners and New Philosophers
Chapter 6: The Institutionalization of the New Philosophy
Conclusion: Toward a History of Vernacular Science
Notes
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index

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