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The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution

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Since the time of Aristotle, the making of knowledge and the making of objects have generally been considered separate enterprises. Yet during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the two became linked through a "new" philosophy known as science. In The Body of the Artisan, Pamela H. Smith demonstrates how much early modern science owed to an unlikely source-artists and artisans.

From goldsmiths to locksmiths and from carpenters to painters, artists and artisans were much sought after by the new scientists for their intimate, hands-on knowledge of natural materials and the ability to manipulate them. Drawing on a fascinating array of new evidence from northern Europe including artisans' objects and their writings, Smith shows how artisans saw all knowledge as rooted in matter and nature. With nearly two hundred images, The Body of the Artisan provides astonishingly vivid examples of this Renaissance synergy among art, craft, and science, and recovers a forgotten episode of the Scientific Revolution-an episode that forever altered the way we see the natural world.

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In The Body of the Artisan, Pamela H. Smith demonstrates how much early modern science owed to an unlikely source: artists and artisans. Goldsmiths, locksmiths, carpenters, and painters were all sought after by early scientists for their intimate, hands-on knowledge of natural materials, as well as their ability to manipulate them. Drawing on a fascinating array of new evidence from northern Europe, and including nearly 200 images of artisans’ objects alongside their writings, The Body of the Artisan convincingly demonstrates that artisans viewed knowledge as thoroughly rooted in matter and nature. The Body of the Artisan provides astonishingly vivid examples of this Renaissance synergy among art, craft, and science, recovering a forgotten episode of the Scientific Revolution—an episode that forever altered the way we see the natural world, and science too. 

“A fascinating and significant contribution to a more social, collective, and diversified history of scientific (and artistic) transformations.”—Simon Werrett, Science

About the Author

Pamela H. Smith is professor of history at Columbia University. She is the author of The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire and coeditor of Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science, and Art in Early Modern Europe.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Flanders

Chapter 1: The Artisanal World

Part II: South German Cities

Chapter 2: Artisanal Epistemology

Chapter 3: The Body of the Artisan

Chapter 4: Artisanship, Alchemy, and a Vernacular Science of Matter

Part III: The Dutch Republic

Chapter 5: The Legacy of Paracelsus: Practitioners and New Philosophers

Chapter 6: The Institutionalization of the New Philosophy

Conclusion: Toward a History of Vernacular Science

Notes

Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226764238
Author:
Smith, Pamela H.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
Art and Experience i
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 color plates, 129 b/w halftones, 28 l
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.5 x 8.75 in

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In The Body of the Artisan, Pamela H. Smith demonstrates how much early modern science owed to an unlikely source: artists and artisans. Goldsmiths, locksmiths, carpenters, and painters were all sought after by early scientists for their intimate, hands-on knowledge of natural materials, as well as their ability to manipulate them. Drawing on a fascinating array of new evidence from northern Europe, and including nearly 200 images of artisans’ objects alongside their writings, The Body of the Artisan convincingly demonstrates that artisans viewed knowledge as thoroughly rooted in matter and nature. The Body of the Artisan provides astonishingly vivid examples of this Renaissance synergy among art, craft, and science, recovering a forgotten episode of the Scientific Revolution—an episode that forever altered the way we see the natural world, and science too. 

“A fascinating and significant contribution to a more social, collective, and diversified history of scientific (and artistic) transformations.”—Simon Werrett, Science

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