Visualizing the Unknown

Scientific Observation, Representation, and Communication in 17th-century Science and Society

What is Visualizing the Unknown?

Imaging the Microworld

Here we present images from our research, including: photos from the MicroLabs and of original microscopes, as well as original drawings and prints. For captions and credits hover with the mouse on the image. For more information on image rights and copyrights please scroll down at our About page. And for more on our MicroLabs, you may visit the MicroLabs page on our website.

Our Partners

This six-year project is financed by NWO (the Dutch Research Council), grant nr 406.20.FR.012. Institutional embedding and support is provided by the Huygens Institute (KNAW-Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Amsterdam); the Bibliotheca Hertziana–Max Planck Institute for Art History (Rome) and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave (Leiden). Additional partners are Leiden University, the Royal Society (London), the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) and the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge).