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The Insect and the Image
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The Insect and the Image: Visualizing Nature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700

Janice Neri

Abstract

Once considered marginal members of the animal world (at best) or vile and offensive creatures (at worst), insects saw a remarkable uptick in their status during the early Renaissance. This quickened interest was primarily manifested in visual images—in illuminated manuscripts, still life paintings, the decorative arts, embroidery, textile design, and cabinets of curiosity. This book explores the ways in which such imagery defined the insect as a proper subject of study for Europeans of the early modern period. It was not until the sixteenth century that insects began to appear as the sole foc ... More

Keywords: insects, imagery, early modern period, specimens, specimen logic, early Renaissance, visual images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816667642
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816667642.001.0001

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Janice Neri, author

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