Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Hendrick Goltzius, Portrait of Nicolaus Petri van Deventer, 1595

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to scientific inquiries of the 16th century.

Rare and treasured prints, drawings, books, maps, and scientific instruments demonstrate that artists were not just illustrators in the service of scientists but that their work played an active role in facilitating the understanding of new concepts in astronomy, geography, natural history, and anatomy.

In-gallery digital displays, video and audio segments, an iPhone/iPad app, and interactive replicas of sundials, globes, and other tools add excitinghands-on  components to the exhibition. An illustrated catalogue, available for $60 in the Block Museum’s book shop, features an essay by Northwestern art history professor Claudia Swan and entries from art history graduate student Kathleen Tahk.

Featuring work by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques de Gheyn and others, the exhibition was organized by the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Block Museum.

An illustrated catalogue by Susan Dackerman, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums, accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase at the Block’s book and gift shop. The catalogue includes an essay by Claudia Swan, associate professor of art history at Northwesern University, and contributions from Northwestern art history graduate student Kathleen Tahk.

Main and Alsdorf Galleries
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
NorthWestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL

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