Sehepunkte reviews Janice Neri's The Insect and the Image

"The book offers mindful, even poignant insights that span a spectrum from the micro-level of the tiny insect, and the intensely personal traits of those who studied them, to the grand macro-level of the whole expanding global reach of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century "golden age" of natural history."

neri_insect coverJanice Neri's book The Insect and the Image: Visualizing Nature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700 (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2011) is a fine achievement. Clearly written, nicely illustrated, and solidly documented, Neri's book hones her interest in the juncture between art and science in upon the illustration of insects as objects and subjects, in studies of the work of Joris Hoefnagel, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Thomas Moffet, early still-life painting, Robert Hooke, and Maria Sibylla Merian.

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Published in: sehepunkte
By: Julie Hochstrasser