This page features upcoming and past events, ranging from public lectures, workshops, exhibitions and seminars.
Congress KNHG: Ruiken, Proeven, Doen
13 April 2023: KNHG spring congress on peformative methods in historical reserach. Prof. Dr. Eric Jorink will take part in a round table discussion on re-making, re-doing methods and Visualizing the Unknown at the Dutch ‘Openlucht Museum’ in Arnhem.
Besides the round table, Eric will give a workshop together with microphotographer and microscopist Wim van Egmond, titled: Rebuild (and work) with a 17th-century microscope.
Exhibition Rijksmuseum Boerhaave: Onvoorstelbaar/Unimaginable
17 April 2023: Opening Van Leeuwenhoek exhibition Onvoorstelbaar/unimaginable, at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
Book Presentation 'Veel, Klein en Curieus'
20 April 2023: Book Presentation at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave of: Veel, Klein en Curieus, de wereld van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723). A biography of the seventeenth-century Delft microscopist by historian, science journalist and team member of Visualizing the Unknown, Geertje Dekkers.
16 March 2023: Colloquim organised by NICAS where our PhD Student Ellen Pater will discuss the artistic skill and knowledge as well as the artistic processes involved in the production of early modern images made with the microscope by taking Johannes Swammerdam as a case study
Opening: Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek-year 2023 and launch 'Door de lens van Antoni' project
24 November 2022: Opening, Trippenhuis, KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam)
Organised by: Huygens Institute (KNAW), Shoreline Productions, KNAW Akademie van Kunsten
Made possible by: Huygens Institute, NWO-project Visualising the Unknown, Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Microbiologie / Stichting Microcanon & de Microbenclub, Nederlands Instituut voor Biologie, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, TU Delft, Wim van Egmond Microphotography, Shoreline Productions
Crawly Creatures in Context. Observing, Representing, and how to Make Sense of Them?
“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)
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.
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.
Research Seminar: Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Johannes Swammerdam and Paolo Boccone: Visual Strategies and Communicating Science
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.