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KAM Exhibit | Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting, and Natural History in Early Modern Europe

Event Type
Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Contemporary Gallery
Aug 31, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017   All Day
Julia Kelly
Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

Coveting Nature explores the ways in which botanists and entomologists worked in tandem with artists and illustrators to record and disseminate knowledge in the early modern period (1500-1800). Natural history owes much to the tradition of assembling cabinets of curiosity in which natural specimens were collected alongside objects with geological, ethnographic, and artistic significance. In this period, the refinement of printed images revolutionized the observational sciences. Increasingly sophisticated woodcuts and eventually engravings, which could be augmented with hand coloring, largely superseded hand-drawn images, more crude woodcuts, and verbal descriptions in scientific publications, while also appealing to artists and art lovers.

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