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Book Review: Wicked intelligence: visual art and the science of experiment in Restoration London

Marples, Alice (2013) Book Review: Wicked intelligence: visual art and the science of experiment in Restoration London. LSE Review of Books (07 Dec 2013). Blog Entry.

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"Wicked Intelligence: Visual Art and the Science of Experiment in Restoration London." Matthew C. Hunter. University of Chicago Press. October 2013. --- In late seventeenth-century London, the most provocative images were produced not by artists, but by scientists. Magnified fly-eyes drawn with the aid of microscopes, apparitions cast on laboratory walls by projection machines, cut-paper figures revealing the “exact proportions” of sea monsters—all were created by members of the Royal Society of London, the leading institutional platform of the early Scientific Revolution. Wicked Intelligence aims to reveal that these philosophers shaped Restoration London’s emergent artistic cultures by forging collaborations with court painters, penning art theory, and designing triumphs of baroque architecture such as St Paul’s Cathedral. Reviewed by Alice Marples.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 11:05
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 14:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55394

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