Renaissance Technology in Print

August 20-October 14, 2012

This exhibition resulted from a seminar in Renaissance Technology for the Art History graduate students in the Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture (RASC/a) program, and has evolved into a collaborative effort between RASC/aDeGolyer Library, and the Blaffer Foundation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition examined the dissemination of ideas and knowledge through the advancement of print and book production, and included six fifteenth- and sixteenth-century books as well as the eighteen plates of Stradanus's Nova Reperta (New Discoveries). These important engravings feature important discoveries and inventions made before 1600. In conjunction with this event, Dr. James Clifton of the Blaffer Foundation gave a lecture the first week of October on the Nova Reperta series. This exhibition was co-curated by two second-year RASC/a graduate students, Emily Anderson and Sarah Foltz.