Images in medieval and early modern treatises on medicine, pharmacy, and natural history often confound our expectations about the functions of medical and scientific illustrations. They do not look very much like the things they purport to portray; and their actual usefulness in everyday medical practice or teaching is not obvious. By looking at works as diverse as herbals, jewellery, surgery manuals, lay health guides, cinquecento paintings, manuscripts of Pliny's Natural History, and Leonardo's notebooks, Visualizing Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1200-1550 addresses fundamental questions about the interplay of art and science from the thirteenth to the mid-sixteenth century: What counts as a medical illustration in the Middle Ages? What are the purposes and audiences of the illustrations in medieval medical, pharmaceutical, and natural history texts? How are images used to clarify, expand, authenticate, and replace these texts? How do images of natural objects, observed phenomena, and theoretical concepts amplify texts and convey complex cultural attitudes? What features lead us to regard some of these images as typically 'medieval' while other exactly contemporary images strike us as 'Renaissance' or 'early modern' in character? Art historians, medical historians, historians of science, and specialists in manuscripts and early printed books will welcome this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary examination of the role of visualization in early scientific inquiry.
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Jean A. Givens is Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA. Karen M. Reeds is an independent scholar in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, affiliated with the Princeton Research Forum and the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. Alain Touwaide is Historian of Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USAReview:
'it is rare to come across a collected volume which sustains such consistent quality and coherent discussion within such breadth of theme. ... This is a beautiful, intriguing and thought-provoking collection of essays. Every one has been written elegantly and with clarity, an impressive feat given the complex nature of many of the manuscript transmissions discussed. The book is also generously illustrated ...The book will of course attract scholars of medieval and early modern medicine and natural history. In the broader questions raised by this collection, however, there lies significance for a much wider readership, for those interested in the history of the book as much as those concerned with the history of the image.' Medical History 'Few volumes with contributions on topics that belong to the fields of different disciplines - here art history, natural history, and medicine - show almost consistent high quality and signs of a real intellectual exchange between the authors. That is the case here, and the credit should go especially to the three editors.' Nuncius ' ... a much-needed and thought-provoking collection of essays. ... a stimulating read that should inspire future research. They should interest historians of medicine and science as well as those researching medieval and Renaissance visual culture more generally. This collection reflects a much more critical attitude towards art and imagery that in time will transform understanding of medieval medicine and natural history.' English Historical Review 'The AVISTA series was created to draw attention to medieval technology, science and art in the broadest meaning of the words, and to examine their interactions. The [volume] under review succeed in fulfilling their organisers' aims.' Metascience
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