Ingenuity in the Making: Materials and Technique in Early Modern Art and Science [Hardback]

Richard J. Oosterhoff (Editor); José Ramón Marcaida (Editor); Alexander Marr (Editor)

ISBN: 9780822946885 | Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 394p, H229 x W152 (mm)

Ingenuity in the Making


Ingenuity in the Making explores the myriad ways in which ingenuity shaped the experience, discourse and conceptualization of materials and their manipulation in early modern Europe. Contributions range widely across the arts and sciences, examining objects and texts, professions and performances, concepts and practices. The book considers subjects such as spirited matter, the conceits of nature, and crafty devices, investigating the ways in which wit acted in and upon the material world through skill and technique. Contributors ask how ingenuity informed the “maker’s knowledge” tradition, where the perilous borderline between the genius of invention and disingenuous fraud was drawn, and what were the ambitions of material ingenuity in a rapidly globalizing world.

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