The so-called ‘Flammarion Engraving’ is a wood engraving, so named because its first documented appearance is in Camille Flammarion’s 1888 book L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire. It depicts a man, clothed in a long robe and carrying a walking stick, who kneels down and passes his head, shoulders, and right arm through a gap between the star-studded sky and the earth, discovering a marvelous realm of circling clouds, fires and suns beyond the heavens. The caption that accompanies the engraving in Flammarion’s book reads: “A… Read more about Stefano Gattei - An Original Fake: Solving the Mystery of Flammarion's Engraving
Competing cultures of extravagance and economy that guided Renaissance printers are embodied in the materials of broadside flap anatomies. The earliest such prints were designed and printed in 1538 by Heinrich Vogtherr. These large woodcuts illustrated human anatomy by allowing the user to lift superimposed paper flaps to see inside the female body. Often brightly hand colored, these novel interactive prints could be marketed to both literate and illiterate viewers familiar with learning through a combination of metaphor and image. Comparing these early prints with later ones printed in… Read more about Theresa Smith -Extravagance and Economy: Sixteenth-Century Anatomical Prints with Moveable Flaps
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Of all the material objects that contributed to the world of medicine and medical care in the Middle Ages, those surviving in largest quantities today are the books that embodied medical knowledge. But even these are orphans, bereft of the contexts in which they circulated alongside other books. In these presentations, we will reconstruct the intellectual worlds of three… Read more about Monica Green - Reconstructing Medieval Medical Libraries
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This symposium will explore the complex institutional, cultural, and religious relationships tying the societies of sub-Saharan Africa to one another and to the "medieval" worlds of the Mediterranean and Red Sea basins. From the formation of great trading cities like Timbuktu, to the establishment of Islamic religious communities across the breadth of Africa, to the creation of a rich, synthetic… Read more about Medieval/Africa Conference