Events

This page features upcoming and past events, ranging from public lectures, workshops, exhibitions and seminars.

Background image: Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Forest Floor with Thistle and Snake (detail), c. 1665. Oil on canvas, 68,4 x 53 cm. Cat. nr. 3070. Mecklenburgisches Landesmuseum Schwerin

Upcoming events

Dürer, Stag Beetle, Creepy Crawies

Crawly Creatures in Context. Observing, Representing, and how to Make Sense of Them?

26 October 2022: Symposium Rijksmuseum and Huygens Institute, in Amsterdam

Past events

Filippo Buonanni, The anatomy of a mosquito wing in Micrographia Curiosa, 1703

“Images and Institutions” The Visual Culture of Early Modern Scientific Societies

International Workshop in Rome: 14-16 September 2022

Organised by: Dr. Matthijs Jonker (Head of Art History and Cultural Studies at the Dutch Royal Institute in Rome) and Dr. Katherine Reinhart (Binghamton University)

Made possible by: Dutch Royal institute in Rome (NL), Max Planck – Bibliotheca Hertziana (DE/IT), Accademia dei Lincei (IT), Society for Renaissance Studies (UK), Huizinga Institute (NL) and Association for Art History (UK)

Stelluti, Bees, Melissographia, Bee Anatomy, Barberini Bee, Barberini crest

Workshop: Visual and Material Culture of Microscopy in Seventeenth-Century Italy

22-24 June 2022

International workshop at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History
Organized by Sietske Fransen (BHMPI) and Tiemen Cocquyt (Rijksmuseum Boerhaave).

Taking as as a starting point the drawings and printed images that were created by seventeenth-century microscopists and their artists. In a conversation between experts on seventeenth-century lenses (in microscopes and telescopes), early modern scientific instruments, epistemic images before and after the introduction of the microscope, the Italian microscopic networks, and drawing as an observational art, this workshop aims at understanding better the visual strategies of depicting the previously unseen and unknown.

Sietske Fransen, Woudscoten, Gewina, Keynote Lecture

Keynote Lecture: Contested Observations: Seventeenth-Century Microscopy and the Challenge to See the Same

18-19 June 2022

At the 9th Gewina Meeting of Historians of Science in the Low Countries, Sietske Fransen (BH-MPI) gave a keynote lecture on seventeenth-century microscopy. Focussing on how microscopists communicated about and compared their observations, how different magnifying instruments were made and the visualization of the micro-world.

Jan Swammerdam; Butterfly; Herziana Seminar

Research Seminar: Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Johannes Swammerdam and Paolo Boccone: Visual Strategies and Communicating Science

23 February 2022
This seminar was given at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte. After introducing Visualizing the Unknown, visiting professor Eric Jorink focussed on the interaction between various artistic and scientific strategies, as well as Dutch-Italian relations around 1670.
Johannes Swammerdam, The eye of a bee in Icones operis Bibliae naturae, 1675. Drawing. Detail from Fol. 21r. BPL 126 B. Leiden University Library

Kick-off: Visualizing the Unknown. Scientific Observation, Representation and Communication in 17th-century Science and Society

1 October 2021

Launch of the NWO-project Visualizing the Unknown. Videos of all presentations available via: Learn More.