Echoes of Aldrovandi: notes on an illustrated album from the Natural History Museum in London

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Abstract

This work focuses on an early modern album of bird illustrations currently held at the Natural History Museum in London: Raccolta di Uccelli fatta da Giovanni da Udine Scolare di Raffaelle Sanzio da Urbino (88 f B). Particular attention is paid to the case of two colour illustrations of the bird of paradise, modelled after two printed images published by Ulisse Aldrovandi in his Ornithologiae (1599). The aim is to discuss the status of this type of albums –beautifully-illustrated and often-anonymous compilations of naturalist imagery– as source-materials for the scholar of early modern culture. What are the main challenges of studying such objects and their content? What do these sources reveal about the interactions between naturalists, image-makers and collectors in the early modern period? What can we learn from them in relation to processes like the circulation of images, the production of copies and the accumulation and display of natural knowledge?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUlisse Aldrovandi. Libri e immagini di storia naturale nella prima età moderna
EditorsGiuseppe Olmi, Fulvio Simoni
Place of PublicationBolonia
PublisherBononia University Press
Pages23-27
ISBN (Print)9788869232695
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2018
EventUlisse Aldrovandi. Books and images of natural history in the early modern age - Museum of Palazzo Poggi, Hall of Ulysses of the Academy of Sciences, Bologna, Italy
Duration: 17 Sept 201518 Sept 2015
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ConferenceUlisse Aldrovandi. Books and images of natural history in the early modern age
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBologna
Period17/09/1518/09/15
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