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The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History

By: David Freedberg

513 pages, 83 col plates, 89 b/w plates

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Nov 2003 | #142378 | ISBN: 0226261484
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Hardback | Jul 2006 | #133237 | ISBN: 0226261476
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Tells the story of the author's discovery of hundreds of vividly coloured, masterfully precise drawings of all sorts of plants and animals from the Old and New Worlds. Freedberg traced them all back to a little-known scientific organization from C17 Italy called the Academy of Linceans (or Lynxes). Founded by Prince Federico Cesi in 1603, the Linceans took as their task nothing less than the documentation and classification of all of nature in pictorial form. In this first book-length study of the Linceans to appear in English, Freedberg focuses on their revolutionary use of microscopic observation and other new techniques.

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David Freedberg is professor of art history at Columbia University. He is the author of The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, published by the University of Chicago Press, and coeditor of Art in History, History in Art: Studies in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Culture.

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