In conjunction with a graduate seminar offered by Harvard's Department of the History of Science, "Science and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe," this exhibition organized by students explores overlapping and collaborative work by artists, artisans, and scientists on the presentation of knowledge in 16th- and 17th-century Europe, and the role of printed images in that presentation. The objects are grouped to demonstrate a range of techniques and uses for prints, and themes include the concepts of time, knowledge, anatomy, and scale, as well as the printmaking operation itself. Loans from several Harvard collections include woodblocks, engravings, loose-leaf sheets, book-bound illustrations, and scientific instruments. The seminar is co-taught by Katherine Park, Samuel Zemurray, Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University; and Susan Dackerman, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.
Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Science Center, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA