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Nova Reperta: Invention and Globalization in the Renaissance

Frontispiece to Nova Reperta, Antwerp, 1580 (VAULT Case Wing folio Z 412 .85)

Thursday, May 2, 2019Friday, May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 2: 1 - 5 pm; Friday, May 3, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Newberry Library

Organized by Lia Markey, Newberry Library
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

What was new in the renaissance? What were some of the catalysts for change? How did globalization affect technology in the early modern period? Using Giovanni Stradano’s famed Nova Reperta print series as a case study, this international symposium and its related collaborative research project will consider the relationship between novelty, technology, and globalization in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, exploring in particular the role of the printed image to disseminate knowledge.

This symposium is sponsored by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and Jack and Dorothy Jiganti.


Thursday, May 2, Towner Fellows Lounge

1 - 3 pm Introductory Panel: Defining the Nova Reperta

Inventing the Nova Reperta

Lia Markey, Newberry Library

Philips Galle’s Nova Reperta: A Case Study in Print Prices and Distribution

Karen L. Bowen, University of Antwerp

Representing Labor and Workshop Practice in the Nova Reperta

Madeleine Viljoen, New York Public Library

Instruments, Instrumentality, and Pictorial Convention in the Nova Reperta

James Clifton, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

3 - 3:30 pm Coffee Break


3:30 - 4:15 pm Travel, Navigation, Colonization

Jim Akerman, Newberry Library

Pedro Raposo, Adler Planetarium

Moderator: JB Shank, University of Minnesota

4:15 - 5 pm Warfare

Jennifer Nelson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

David Cressy, Claremont Graduate University

Moderator: Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library

Friday, May 3, Towner Fellows Lounge

9:30 - 10:15 am Collection Presentation

10:15 - 10:30 am Coffee


10:30 - 11:15 am Mechanical Reproduction

Jill Gage, Newberry Library

Dirk Imhof, Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp

Moderator: Martin Antonetti, Northwestern

11:15 am - 12 pm Image Making and Visuality

Sven Dupré, Utrecht University/University of Amsterdam

Claudia Swan, Northwestern University

Moderator: Christine Göttler, Universität Bern/Newberry Lib

12 - 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own

1:30 - 2:15 pm Transformation of Substances

Luca Molà, University of Warwick

Rebecca Zorach, Northwestern University

Moderator: Matthew Crawford, Kent State University

2:15 - 3 pm Energy

Deborah Howard, Cambridge University

Jessica Keating, Carleton College

Moderator: Niall Atkinson, University of Chicago

3 - 3:30 pm Coffee break

3:30 - 5 pm Concluding Talks

The Reception of the Nova Reperta

Daniel Margocsy, Cambridge University

Practical Knowledge in Sixteenth-Century Europe

Pamela Smith, Columbia University

Cost and Registration Information 

The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. To register, complete this online registration form.