Author Egmond, Florike, author
Title Eye for detail : images of plants and animals in art and science, 1500 -1630 / Florike Egmond
Imprint London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2017
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  QH46.5 E31 2017    AVAILABLE    30530001310150
 Modern History Library  508.0222 E31    DUE 01-11-23    30550100651015
Descript 280 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-269) and index
Part I. Nature captured -- Part II. Untrue to life -- Part III. Micro before the microscope
Image-transforming techniques such as close-up, time lapse, and layering are generally associated with the age of photography, but as Florike Egmond shows in this book, they were already being used half a millennium ago. Exploring the world of natural history drawings from the Renaissance, 'Eye for Detail' shows how the function of identification led to image manipulation techniques that will look uncannily familiar to the modern viewer. Egmond shows how the format of images in nature studies changed dramatically during the Renaissance period, as high-definition naturalistic representation became the rule during a robust output of plant and animal drawings. She examines what visual techniques like magnification can tell us about how early modern Europeans studied and ordered living nature, and she focuses on how attention to visual detail was motivated by an overriding question: the secret of the origins of life. Beautifully and precisely illustrated throughout, this volume serves as an arresting guide to the massive European collections of nature drawings and an absorbing study of natural history art of the sixteenth century
Subject Natural history illustration -- History
Natural history -- In art -- History
Animals in art -- History
Plants in art -- History