2012 Archives

SMU's Hawn Gallery presents “Renaissance Technology in Print”

August 28, 2012

The Mildred Hawn Gallery at Southern Methodist University presents “Renaissance Technology in Print,” an exhibit that examines the dissemination of ideas and knowledge through the advancement of print and book production some 500 years ago, when print was beginning to gain popularity.

The exhibit, which runs through October 14, is co-curated by two second-year graduate students, Emily Anderson and Sarah Foltz, and results from a seminar in Renaissance technology for art history graduate students in the Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture (RASC/a) program.

The exhibit is a collaborative effort between RASC/a, DeGolyer Library and the Blaffer Foundation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and includes six 15th- and 16th-century books, as well as the 19 plates of Stradanus’s Nova Reperta (New Discoveries). These important engravings feature critical discoveries and inventions made before 1600.

In conjunction with this event, Dr. James Clifton of the Blaffer Foundation will give a lecture the first week of October on the Nova Reperta series.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2303.

From the exhibit (click images for larger versions):

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  Images courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston