The Matter of Mimesis

Studies of Mimesis and Materials in Nature, Art and Science


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Mimesis or imitation comes in many forms, from animal and plant mimicry to artistic copies ‘from life’. This book offers eighteen essays addressing mimesis from diverse perspectives. From the recreation of galaxies to Iron Age torcs, from counterfeit dragons to modern waxworks, each chapter explores facets of material mimesis from prehistory to the present day. The Matter of Mimesis invites readers to compare practices of imitating, faking, and synthesising materials and objects in nature, art and science, raising questions about skills, techniques and politics of making that transcend historical and disciplinary boundaries and inform both our past and future worlds.
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Marjolijn Bol is an Associate Professor at the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University. She is the author of several publications on imitation in art, including The Emerald and the Eye (2019) and The Varnish and the Glaze (2023).

E. C. Spary is a Reader at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Utopia's Garden (2000), Eating the Enlightenment (2012) and Feeding France (2014), and several edited collections on the history of natural history.
The main target readership is undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as informed general readers. The book will be of interest to academics and researchers in the fields of history, history of science, history of medicine, art and architecture, museology, science, and philosophy. We expect that it will be bought by academic libraries, in particular.
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