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Things to do with texts

Voertaal: Engels

Over het thema: This theme explores the various developments in both the textual and visual depiction of living nature from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.

How can living nature be captured in word and image? Do illustrations enhance the understanding of texts, or do they replace written descriptions altogether? These were essential questions for early modern ‘biologists’ (then called natural historians) who wished to record and transmit knowledge about the natural world.

This theme explores the various developments in both the textual and visual depiction of living nature from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. The beginning of this period witnessed a blossoming of the study of nature, resulting in elaborate descriptions of quadrupeds, birds, fishes and plants in often lavishly illustrated books. In this theme, we look at how the relationships between word and image changed due to the development of classification schemes, a growing awareness of the diversity of species, and new technologies such as the invention of the microscope. In this context, we visit various rare book collections and libraries with guest lecturers ranging from book-, art- and science historians to biologists.

Docenten: Didi van Trijp en Sophia Hendrikx

Didi van Trijp is a PhD student at the Centre for the Arts in Society in the framework of the NWO-funded project ‘A New History of Fishes: A Long-term Approach to Fishes in Science and Culture, 1550-1880’. Van Trijp's project studies the development of ichthyology during the Enlightenment period and touches upon the representation of nature through dissection, description, classification and illustration.

Sophia Hendrikx is a PhD student at the Centre for the Arts in Society, also working within the framework of the NWO-funded project ‘A New History of Fishes: A Long-term Approach to Fishes in Science and Culture, 1550-1880’. Her fields of interest are the history of natural history (including medicine) and of ichthyology, book history, the use of illustrations in relation to text in zoological and ichthyological publications, and the exchange of knowledge, specifically in and of the early modern period.

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