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Exhibition: Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

An excuse to visit one of Harvard’s exquisite museums.

From the Harvard Gazette.

The exhibit, organized by the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum with objects from repositories across Europe and North America, continues through Dec. 10.

The show, with its collection of prints, books, maps, and instruments like sundials, globes, and astrolabes (a tool used for determining the position of the sun, the moon, and the stars), explores how knowledge was shaped by important collaborations between artists and scholars of the time, using the medium of print.

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From the museum:

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to the scientific investigations of the 16th century. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue challenge the perception of artists as illustrators in the service of scientists. Artists’ printed images served as both instruments for research and agents in the dissemination of knowledge.

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