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Display of Instruments on Seventeenth-Century Astronomical Frontispieces
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History. The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Sweden; Royal Museums Greenwich, England; Stockholm Observatory Museum, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: / [ed] Ackermann, S.; Kremer, R. L.; Miniati, M., Brill Academic Publishers, 2014, 199-215 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This essay explores how the illustrations in seventeenth-century astronomical books address consumption. It asks how instruments are displayed on frontispieces and illustrated title pages. Illustrations on the first pages of the book, when there are any, advertise the content. This was where the producers of the book could communicate to the user why it should be bought, read, and further used. I am particularly interested in the kinds of settings in which the instruments are displayed, in the human actions to which they are connected, and in how these images are referred to in the text, particularly as concerns consumption.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2014. 199-215 p.
Series
History of Science and Medicine Library, ISSN 1872-0684 ; 46
Keyword [sv]
Frontespis, vetenskapligt instrument
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History History of Technology Visual Arts
Research subject
Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111377ISI: 000347530600013ISBN: 978-90-04-26440-3 (print)ISBN: 978-90-04-26439-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111377DiVA: diva2:775456
Conference
29th Symposium of the Scientific-Instrument-Commission (SIC) of the International-Union-for-History-and-Philosophy-of-Science (IUHPS), Florence, Italy, October 04-09, 2010
Available from: 2015-01-02 Created: 2015-01-02 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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