Throughout history, both art and science have been employed to visualise things unseen and to image/imagine things unknown as part of the quest to understand nature. In light of this, perhaps our contemporary tendency to see art and science as completely divergent, mutually exclusive fields of study with similarly distinct methodologies may be profitably re-examined. This volume brings together recent work by both junior and senior scholars treating the art/science connection in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art. The essays are individual case studies dealing with historical interconnections between drawing, painting, sculpture and book illustration and such diverse fields of science as botany, physics, geology, and evolutionary biology. As a whole, the book invites readers to question more generally: What is art's relationship to science and vice versa? At what points do the two disciplines intersect and/or complement one another? Can science directly inform artistic subjects? Is art a useful tool to focus a scientific lens on the past, to validate or challenge scientific theory, to inspire and encourage scientific inquiry? Can it be employed successfully as a means to visualise scientific ends? Do artists have the potential to create images and objects whose meanings surpass the laws of science and outlast its theories, whose functions are similarly universal and arguably more immediately accessible (legible) to the public? If art, like text and data charts, has the power to create, organise and disseminate information (knowledge), then why do we continue to privilege scientific research over artistic investigation? Would it not be more fruitful and humane to see them as more equitable modes of inquiry?Biographie de l'auteur :
Dr Andrew Graciano is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina. His book examines the role of natural philosophy in the late paintings of Joseph Wright of Derby (forthcoming, Liverpool University Press, 2009). He is also editing the autobiographical memoir of Benjamin Wilson, FRS, painter and electrical scientist, which will be published by the Walpole Society in 2012.
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Description du livre Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 1847185428
Description du livre Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX1847185428
Description du livre Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Hardcover. État : Brand New. 1st unabridged edition. 230 pages. 8.11x5.98x1.18 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire 1847185428