Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

September 4th, 2008 - June 20th, 2013 | PROJECT

The Harvard Art Museum will organize, present, and circulate a groundbreaking interpretive exhibition that will transform traditional assumptions about the role of artists in the production of new forms of knowledge during the Renaissanceā€™s Scientific Revolution. The museum will create a major traveling exhibition, Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, and related publications and public programming. The exhibition, which opens jointly at Harvardā€™s Sackler Museum and Wellesley Collegeā€™s Davis Art Museum, addresses the participation of such celebrated northern European artists as Albrecht DĆ¼rer, Hendrick Goltzius, and Hans Holbein in the scientific inquiries of the sixteenth century, especially as manifested in their printed works. Such an investigation reveals the previously unexamined close working relationships between the artistic and scientific communities, and the exchanges of influence between them.

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Susan Dackerman, Principal Investigator, Harvard University


Funding Source: NEH
Award Number: GI-50097-10
Funding Amount: 350000


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits