- Identification and Creation
- Physical Descriptions
- sheet: 43.6 × 32.8 cm (17 3/16 × 12 15/16 in.)
- John Witt Randall, bequest to his sister.
Belinda Lull Randall, gift to Harvard University, 1892. sister of John Witt Randall
- State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
- Standard Reference Number
- H. 4, LeBl. 7
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Belinda L. Randall from the collection of John Witt Randall
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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Label Text: The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 , written 2017
Prints after the paintings of Baroque and Renaissance artists adorned the walls of the Philosophy Chamber for much of its history. An early 19th-century inventory indicates that depictions of two biblical scenes—the Annunciation and the Agony in the Garden—were displayed alongside works by contemporary American artists. While religious images might seem an unusual choice for a room devoted to the teaching of science, theology and natural philosophy were intimately entangled in Harvard’s curriculum. Indeed, professors of natural philosophy were required to “make such incidental reflections upon the Being, Perfections and Providence of God, as may arise from his subjects.”
- Publication History
Ethan Lasser, ed., The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), p. 78, Plate 14; p. 37 in Ethan W. Lasser's "Harvard's Teaching Cabinet"
- Exhibition History
The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2017 - 12/31/2017
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