Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia, 1740-1840

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 1, 2013

Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia, 1740-1840

Knowing Nature

Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia, 1740-1840
edited by Amy R. W. Meyers with the assistance of Lisa L. Ford

Philadelphia developed the most active scientific community in early America, fostering an influential group of naturalist-artists, including William Bartram, Charles Willson Peale, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon, whose work has been addressed by many monographic studies. However, as the groundbreaking essays in Knowing Nature demonstrate, the examination of nature stimulated not only forms of artistic production traditionally associated with scientific practice of the day, but also influenced processes not ordinarily linked to science. The often surprisingly intimate connections between and among these creative activities and the objects they engendered are explored, challenging the hierarchy that is generally assumed to have been at play in the study of nature, from the natural sciences through the fine and decorative arts, and, ultimately, popular and material culture.

You can read more about Knowing Nature in this book review written in Arnoldia by
Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum.

Knowing Nature is included in our New Books List for April 1, 2013.

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