Who Can Read the Book of Nature? Early Modern Artists and Scientists in Dialogue

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Who Can Read the Book of Nature? Early Modern Artists and Scientists in Dialogue

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Hans BlumenbergDie Lesbarkeit der Welt (Frankfurt a. Main: Suhrkamp1981). Since Blumenberg a series of other important publications have focused on the metaphor of the Book of Nature in early modern intellectual culture such as Klaas van der Berkel Arjo Vanderjagt (eds.) The Book of Nature in Early Modern History (Leuven Paris Dudley MA: Peeters 2006); Eric Jorink Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age 1575–1715 (Leiden Boston: Brill 2010).


Erwin Panofsky“Artist, Scientist, Genius: Notes on the ‘Renaissance Dämmerung’,” in Leonardo’s Writings and Theory of Artedited by Claire Farago (New York London: Garland Publishing 1999) pp. 21–80.


Lorraine Daston Peter GalisonObjectivity (New York: Zone Books2007) pp. 84–89.


Valeska von Rosen“Stumme Diskurs der Bilder. Einleitende Überlegungen,” in Der Stumme Diskurs der Bilderedited by Valeska von Rosen Klaus Krüger Rudolf Preimesberger (München Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag 2003) pp. 9–16: 11.


Ibid. p. 12.


Pamela H. Smith“Science on the Move: Recent Trends in the History of Early Modern Science,” Renaissance Quarterly2009 62/2:345–375 see esp. p. 364.


See for example William EamonScience and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (Princeton: Princeton University Press1994) p. 95.


Helmut K. Kohlenberger“Buch der Natur,” in Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophieedited by Joachim Ritter Karlfried Gründer Vol. I (Basel Stuttgart: Schwabe & Co. Verlag 1971) c. 958–960. See also Jorink Reading the Book of Nature (cit. note 1) pp. 26–31. On the longevity of this metaphor see Ernst Robert Curtius European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages (Princeton New Jersey: Princeton University Press 2013) pp. 319–326.


Carla Rita Palmerino“The Mathematical Characters of Galileo’s Book of Nature,” in The Book of Natureedited by Klaas van der Berkel Arjo Vanderjagt (cit. note 1) pp. 28–31.


See for example Michel Weemans“Herri Met de Bles’s Sleeping Peddler: An Exegetical and Anthropomorphic Landscape,” The Art Bulletin2006 88/3:459–481.

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