David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art at Columbia University and Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, examines the tension between the two kinds of illustration produced in the circle of Galileo and his friends—the descriptive watercolors and book illustrations they commissioned in their search for order in nature, and the diagrammatic forms used in scientific treatises from the beginnings of the printing revolution on. Both the telescope and the microscope given by Galileo to his friends resulted in a crisis in visual representation, which Freedberg will explore through a series of landmarks in the history of the book. The exhibition Meaningful Marks: Image and Text and the History of the Book will be on view during the reception.
5:00 Reception, Main Lobby, Wilson Library
5:45 Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
Presented by the Hanes Foundation for the Study of the Origin and Development of the Book and Sponsored by the Rare Book Collection