Cutting Wood with microtome

How to cut sections in the 20th century

27 maart 2023 Context 17th century microscopy, Practical knowledge

By: Frank Van Campen en Hans Huijbregts Microscopical observations start with preparations, of course. Largely written out of the historical narrative, the MicroLabs demonstrated the crucial importance of preparing (parts of) insects, plants and trees for minute observation. With regard to flora: only some objects are small and thin enough to be examined directly under a microscope. Most objects must be cut into thinner slices, or sections, to allow sufficient light to pass through them for micr…

Albrecht Durer, Bugs, Crawlies, Merian

Symposium ‘Crawly Creatures in Context,’ 27 October

18 november 2022 Art and Science, Context 17th century microscopy, Events

by: Tiemen Cocquyt and Mieneke te Hennepe The Rijksmuseum’s current exhibition ‘Crawly Creatures’, focuses on the mediaeval and early modern perception on small, easily overlooked, critters, such as: mice, snakes and insects. It was curated by Jan de Hond, curator of History at the Rijksmuseum, Artis Library curator Hans Mulder, and our own research project’s PI (principal investigator), Eric Jorink. The exhibition shows highly detailed representations of insects, three dimensional objects such…