Geometry and the Artist-Scientist

One of the highlights of Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe at the Block Museum is a series of dazzlingly elaborate etchings of complex geometrical shapes, found in the Alsdorf Gallery portion of the exhibition, by the German artist Jost Amman. The prints are plates from an influential book by Wenzel Jamnitzer, a promiment Nuremberg goldsmith, published in 1568. Northwestern University […]

Knowledge | Replication: Early Modern Sciences in Print

On January 20, 2012, scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe discussed the relationship between art and science in a symposium inspired by the exhibition Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe and organized by Northwestern art history professor Claudia Swan. Symposium Introduction Claudia Swan, professor of art history, Northwestern University […]

Claudia Swan on Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge

Although organized by the Harvard Art Museums, the upcoming exhibition Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe has many other connections to Chicago besides its exhibiting partner the Block Museum. The exhibition catalogue includes essays by two area scholars—Suzanne Karr Schmidt, the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art […]