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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 pm - 4:30 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.


Thursday, May 2

1 - 2:30 pm Introductory Panel

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

Practical Knowledge in Sixteenth-Century Europe
Pamela Smith, Columbia University

2:30 - 3 pm Coffee Break


3-3:45 pm Travel, Navigation, Colonization

Jim Akerman, Newberry Library
Pedro Raposo, Adler Planetarium

3:45-4 pm Warfare

Jennifer Nelson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
David Cressy, Claremont Graduate University

Friday, May 3

9:30 - 10:30 am Collection Presentation

10:30 - 11 am Coffee Break

11-11:45 am Mechanical Reproduction

Jill Gage, Newberry Library
Dirk Imhof, Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Energy

Deborah Howard, Cambridge University
Jessica Keating, Carleton College

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 pm Transformation of Substances

Luca Molà, University of Warwick
Rebecca Zorach, Northwestern University

2:15 - 3 pm Image Making and Visuality

Sven Dupré, Utrecht University/University of Amsterdam
Claudia Swan, Northwestern University

3-3:30 Coffee break

3:30-5:30 Concluding Talks

Early Modern Books about Novelty and Technology
Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library

Representing Labor and Workshop Practice in the Nova Reperta
Madeleine Viljoen, New York Public Library

Instruments, Instrumentality, and Pictorial Convention in theNova Reperta
James Clifton, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Reception of the Nova Reperta
Daniel Margocsy, Cambridge University

Cost and Registration Information 

The program is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required.