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