Visualising the Unseen, Imagining the Unknown, Perfecting the Natural: Art and Science in the 18th and 19th Centuries

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9781847185426: Visualising the Unseen, Imagining the Unknown, Perfecting the Natural: Art and Science in the 18th and 19th Centuries

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?

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About the Author :

Dr Andrew Graciano is Associate Professor of Art History and the Graduate Director for the Art Department at the University of South Carolina. His research centers on the relationships among the visual arts and sciences. He is currently editing the autobiographical memoir of Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788), English painter and electrical scientist, which will be published by the Walpole Society in 2012.

Review :

"This volume brings together a remarkable group of essays addressing the connections between art and science in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its content augurs well for the future development of this comparatively understudied discipline...These richly varied essays will undoubtedly be of great interest to art historians, historians of science and indeed to anyone seriously interested in the visualisation of the natural world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries." -- Brian Allen, Director of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art "This enlightening volume is a welcome step forward in investigating the complex intersections between art and science and ways in which both fields construct the natural through varying modes of knowledge production. By highlighting two key themes--the use of Linnean classification in botany in the eighteenth century and the impact of Darwinism around the turn of the twentieth century--this text takes the permeable and at least in terms of the "period eye" sometimes indistinguishable boundaries between art and science one step further. It offers case studies of how the specifics of political moments, cultural transitions, and artistic agendas affected ways in which individual artists and scientists both drew upon and reshaped the visual culture of science." --Barbara Larson, University of West Florida

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