Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (Two-day symposium)
December 2 - December 3, 2011
This symposium will focus on issues raised by the exhibition Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge, such as the uses of printed images of subjects from nature; the influence of Albrecht Dürer’s theoretical treatises on art and science; and how printing on paper enabled the production of knowledge. Papers will explore these topics from the perspectives of the history of art and the history of science. It begins Friday evening with a reception and tours of the exhibition.
Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, will present the keynote lecture. Other speakers include James Clifton, Blaffer Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Christopher Heuer, Princeton University; Sachiko Kusukawa, Trinity College, University of Cambridge; Dániel Margócsy, Hunter College; Alexander Marr, University of Southern California; Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington; and Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University. Susan Dackerman, Harvard Art Museums, will introduce the symposium and Joseph Koerner, Harvard University, Katharine Park, Harvard University, and Claudia Swan, Northwestern University, will moderate the sessions.
Free admission. Limited complimentary parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.
The M. Victor Leventritt Fund was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.