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Eye for Detail: Images of Plants & Animals in Art & Science, 1500-1630

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  • Eye for Detail: Images of Plants & Animals in Art & Science, 1500-1630 
    Title: Eye for Detail: Images of Plants & Animals in Art & Science, 1500-1630
    Illustrator: 125 ILLUSTRATIONS, 100 IN COLOUR
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 01/04/2017
    Imprint: REAKTION
    Price: $19.95
    Publishing status: Active

    Image-transforming techniques such as close-up, time lapse, and layering are generally associated with the age of photography, but as Florike Egmond shows in this book, they were already being used half a millennium ago. Exploring the world of natural history drawings from the Renaissance, "Eye for Detail" shows how the function of identification led to image manipulation techniques that will look uncannily familiar to the modern viewer. Egmond shows how the format of images in nature studies changed dramatically during the Renaissance period, as high-definition naturalistic representation became the rule during a robust output of plant and animal drawings. She examines what visual techniques like magnification can tell us about how early modern Europeans studied and ordered living nature, and she focuses on how attention to visual detail was motivated by an overriding question: the secret of the origins of life. Beautifully and precisely illustrated throughout, this volume serves as an arresting guide to the massive European collections of nature drawings and an absorbing study of natural history art of the sixteenth century. "

    ISBN: 9781780236407
    Dimension: 250mm X 190mm
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