THE PERSISTENT IMAGE OF AN UNUSUAL CENTAUR. A BIOGRAPHY OF ALDROVANDI'S TWO-LEGGED CENTAUR WOODCUT'

THE PERSISTENT IMAGE OF AN UNUSUAL CENTAUR. A BIOGRAPHY OF ALDROVANDI'S TWO-LEGGED CENTAUR WOODCUT' T H E P E R S I S T E N T I M A G E O F A N U N U S U A L CENTAUR. A B I O G R A P H Y O F A L D R O V A N D I ' S T W O - L E G G E D C E N T A U R W O O D C U T ' FABIAN KRÃ � MER ABSTRACT This article traces the biography of a particular scientific image in early modern natural history, that of an unusual, two-legged centaur. It begins by examining the preconditions for the emergence of this image in the work of the eminent Bolognese natural historian Ulisse Aldrovandi. I then analyse its various shifts in content and function as it re-emerged in different publications and, finally, the reasons for its eclipse around 1700. An examination of this trajectory yields valuable insights into the way in which Aldrovandi and other naturalists of the late Renaissance dealt with visualisations. It is reminiscent of their practices of excerpting and reusing textually represented bits of knowledge. The fact that authors like Aldrovandi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nuncius (successor of "Annali") Brill

THE PERSISTENT IMAGE OF AN UNUSUAL CENTAUR. A BIOGRAPHY OF ALDROVANDI'S TWO-LEGGED CENTAUR WOODCUT'

Nuncius (successor of "Annali"), Volume 24 (2): 313 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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T H E P E R S I S T E N T I M A G E O F A N U N U S U A L CENTAUR. A B I O G R A P H Y O F A L D R O V A N D I ' S T W O - L E G G E D C E N T A U R W O O D C U T ' FABIAN KRÃ � MER ABSTRACT This article traces the biography of a particular scientific image in early modern natural history, that of an unusual, two-legged centaur. It begins by examining the preconditions for the emergence of this image in the work of the eminent Bolognese natural historian Ulisse Aldrovandi. I then analyse its various shifts in content and function as it re-emerged in different publications and, finally, the reasons for its eclipse around 1700. An examination of this trajectory yields valuable insights into the way in which Aldrovandi and other naturalists of the late Renaissance dealt with visualisations. It is reminiscent of their practices of excerpting and reusing textually represented bits of knowledge. The fact that authors like Aldrovandi

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Nuncius (successor of "Annali")Brill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: Ulisse Aldrovandi, natural history, scientific images

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