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The representation of insects in the seventeenth century: a comparative approach.
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PMID:  20853817     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The investigation and representation of insects in the seventeenth century posed huge problems: on the one hand, their size and texture required optical tools and fixation techniques to disentangle and identify their tiny parts; on the other, the esoteric nature of those parts required readers to make sense of images alien to their daily experiences. Naturalists and anatomists developed sophisticated techniques of investigation and representation, involving tacit and unusual conventions that even twentieth-century readers found at times baffling. This essay develops a comparative approach based on seven pairs of investigations involving Francesco Stelluti, Francesco Redi, Giovanni Battista Hodierna, Robert Hooke, Marcello Malpighi, and Jan Swammerdam. Seen together, they document an extraordinary time in the study of insects and reconstruct a number of iconographic dialogues shedding light on the conventions and styles adopted.
Domenico Bertoloni Meli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of science     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0003-3790     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Sci     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-21     Completed Date:  2010-10-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372361     Medline TA:  Ann Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  405-29     Citation Subset:  QIS    
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diptera / anatomy & histology
Documentation / history
History, 17th Century
Insects / anatomy & histology*

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