Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science Art in Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

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The beginning of global commerce in the early modern period had an enormous impact on European culture, changing the very way people perceived the world around them. Merchants and Marvels 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415928168
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela H. Smith is Associate Professor of History at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire, winner of the 1995 Pfizer Prize in the History of Science. Paula Findlen is Professor of History and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at Stanford University. She is the author of Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy, winner of the 1995 Marroro Prize in Italian History and 1996 Pfizer Prize in the History of Science.

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Table of Contents

Introduction:Commerce and the Representation of Nature in Art and Science Pamela H. Smith and Paula Findlen
Part 1. STRUGGLING WITH REALITY: Visualizing Nature and Producing Knowledge
1. Splendor in the Grass: The Powers of Nature and Art in the Age of Durer
Larry Silver and Pamela H. Smith
2. Objects of Art/Objects of Nature: Visual Representation and the Investigation of Nature
Pamela O. Long
3. Mirroring the World: Sea Charts: Navigation and Territorial Claims
Alison Sandman
4. From Blowfish to Flower Still Life Paintings: Classification and Its Images, circa 1600
Claudia Swan
5. "Strange" Ideas and "English" Knowledge: Natural Science Exchange in Elizabethan London
Deborah E. Harkness
Part 2. NETWORKS OF KNOWLEDGE: Commerce and the Representation of Nature
6. Local Herbs, Global Medicines: Commerce, Knowledge and Commodities in Spanish America
Antonio Barrera
7. Merchants and Marvels: Hans Jacob Fugger and the Origins of the Wunderkammer
Mark A. Meadow
8. Practical Alchemy and Commercial Exchange in the Holy Roman Empire
Tara E. Nummedal
9. Time's Bodies: Crafting the Preparation and Preservation of Naturalia
Harold J. Cook
10. Cartography, Entrepreneurialism and Power in the Reign of Louis XIV: The Case of the Canal du Midi
Chandra Mukerji
11. 'Cornelius Meijer inventor et fecit': On the Representation of Science in Late Seventeenth-Century Rome
Klass van Berkel
12. Inventing Nature: Commerce, Art and Science in the Early Modern Cabinet of Curiosities
Paula Findlen
13. Nature as Art: The Case of the Tulip
Anne Goldgar
14. Inventing Exoticism: The Project of Dutch Geography and the Marketing of the World, circa 1700
Benjamin Schmidt
15. Shopping for Instruments in Paris and London
James A. Bennett
A World of Wonders, A World of One
Lissa Roberts
Questions of Representation
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann
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