Max Planck Institut for the History of Science

Max Planck Research Group Colloquium 2014

Organized by Sven Dupré, Director of the Max Planck Research Group

Art and Knowledge in Pre-modern Europe


The Villa at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Harnackstraße 5, 14195 Berlin

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Upcoming Talks

3 February 2014, Stephanie Leitch, MPIWG, Florida State
University, Tallahassee
Visual Acuity and the Physiognomer‘s Art of Observation

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Completed Events

Monday 31 October 2011, Karin Leonhard MPIWG
Baroque Colour Theory and Still Life Painting

Thursday 24 November 2011, Jeanne Peiffer (CNRS) Centre Alexandre Koyré
Perspective Appropriated in 16th c. Southern German Artists‘ Booklets

Monday 12 December 2011, Pietro Roccasecca Accademia Belle Arti Rom

Representing “Remotio“:“Prospettiva“ between Optics and Mathematics from Masolino to Alberti

Thursday 26 January 2011, Michael Thimann Universität Passau & Claus Zittel Freie Universität Berlin. MPRG “Das wissende Bild” at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence The Artist as Reader

Monday 20 February 2012, Mark Clarke, Universidad Nova de Lisboa
Medieval Artists’ Technical Recipes: Use, Re-use, Abuse

Monday 19 March 2012, Valentina Pugliano, MPIWG, University of Oxford
Nature Manufactured: The Artisans’ Touch in Renaissance Cabinets of Naturalia

Monday 23 April 2012, Anke te Heesen, Humboldt Universität, Berlin
Historiography and the Display of the Infinite Amount. About Recent Exhibitions

Monday 21 May 2012, Sylvie Neven, University of Liège, Belgium
Commentator: Doris Oltrogge Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences
The Strasbourg Tradition : Genesis and Peregrination of Artists’ Recipe Books in Pre-Modern Europe

Monday 11 June 2012, Lawrence Principe, Johns Hopkins University
Recipes and Ideas: Another Look at the Chymical Diptych of Theory and Practice

Monday 25 June 2012, Paola Bertucci, MPIWG, Yale University
Perfecting the Arts in Eighteenth-century Paris: Craft Knowledge and the Sciences at the Societé des Arts

Monday 2 July 2012 Marco Beretta, University of Bologna / Museo Galileo, Florence
Alchemy, Art and Manufacture in 16th Century Florentine Glassmaking.

Monday 27 August 2012, Marjolijn Bol, MPIWG, University of Utrecht
Oiling Stones and Coloring Crystals: Practices of Faking the Precious in Art and Science, 1100-1500

Monday 17 September 2012, William Newman, Indiana University, Bloomington
Design, Materials, and the Art-Nature Debate: Nuancing the Relationship between Alchemy and the Visual Arts

Monday 29 October 2012, Thijs Weststeijn, MPIWG, University of Amsterdam
China in the Studio. Painting Porcelain in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands

Monday 19 November 2012, Steve Wharton, MPIWG, University of Sussex
The Transmission of Knowledge and Cipriano Piccolpasso’s
Three Books of the Art of the Potter (1558-75)

Monday, 28 January 2013, Doris Oltrogge, Cologne Institute for Conservation Sciences Manuscripts and Prints - Exchange, Use and Reading of Recipe Texts in Early Modern Times

Monday, 18 February 2013, Pascal Dubourg Glatigny, CNRS, Paris                                   Does Saint-Peter’s Dome need a Mathematic Assessment (1743)?

Monday, 18 March 2013, Susan Maxwell, MPIWG, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh          Science and Statecraft in Rubens' Munich Hunt Paintings

Monday, 29 April 2013, Anna Schönemann, MPIWG, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart 
The Technology of European Lacquer: Origin and Influences to the Prussian Art

Monday, 27 May 2013, Amy Buono, MPIWG, Southern Methodist University, Dallas      Chromatic Variations: Early Modern Practices of Color

Monday, 24 June 2013, Valentina Sebastiani, MPIWG, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento Artists' Scholarly Expertise for the Making of Bestsellers in 16th-century Basel

Monday, 2 September 2013, Anke Timmermann, MPIWGSigns of Change: Symbols and Illustrations in Late Medieval Alchemical Manuscripts

 Monday, 14 October 2013, Claudia Swan, MPIWG, Northwestern University, IllinoisArt, Value, Common Knowledge, and Natural History: The Adversaria of Ernst Brinck (1582-1649)

 Monday, 18 November 2013, Lucia Dacome, MPIWG, University of Toronto"Whether this Art Owes More to Nature, or Nature to this Art": Visualizing the Body in Eighteenth-Century Italy