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The Insect and the ImageVisualizing Nature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700$
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Janice Neri

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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Cutting and Pasting Nature into Print

Cutting and Pasting Nature into Print

Ulisse Aldrovandi’s and ThomasMoffet’s Images of Insects

(p.27) Two Cutting and Pasting Nature into Print
The Insect and the Image

Janice Neri

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter is concerned with the works of naturalists Ulisse Aldrovandi and Thomas Moffet and how their medical perspective influenced their ensuing projects on insects, as well as the strategies they employed in doing so. It shows how nature comprehension is possible through creating and circulating images; these images serve as virtual specimens and virtual specimen cabinets which can be used in the study of insects. It then analyzes Aldrovandi’s and Moffet’s artistic works De animalibusinsectis and Theatruminsectorum, respectively, in an effort to demonstrate the significance of image-making processes in the study of nature during early modern Europe.

Keywords:   Ulisse Aldrovandi, Thomas Moffet, naturalism, virtual specimens, virtual specimen cabinets, De animalibusinsectis, Theatruminsectorum

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