10 Nov 2016 - 11 Nov 2016 All day Leslie Stephen Room, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge


Convenors:  Dr Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge), Prof. Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt University), Dr Christopher Heuer (Clark Art Institute), Dr Pablo Schneider (Humboldt University).

This workshop was part of the Epistemic Images in Early Modernity Research Project, funded by the Cambridge-DAAD Research Hub and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The project seeks to examine how and why images came to play such a decisive role in the production of new knowledge in early modernity. It will do so by bringing together German and Anglophone scholars from art history, Bildwissenschaft, and history of science in a series of workshops to be held in Cambridge, Berlin and Williamstown.

Speakers:  Dr Shira Brisman (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Prof. Christine Goettler (Bern University, Switzerland), Dr Stefan Hanß (University of Cambridge), Dr Christopher Heuer (Clark Art Institute, Williamstown), Dr Christopher Johnson (Warburg Institute), Prof. Sachiko Kusukawa (Cambridge), Dr Stephanie Leitch (Florida State University), Dr Alexander Marr (Cambridge),  Dr Elizabeth Petcu (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Dr Jennifer Rampling (Princeton University), Prof. Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge), Dr Pablo Schneider (Humboldt University, Berlin), Dr Elke Werner (Free University, Berlin).

The programme for this event is available here.


Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

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Administrative assistance: Gaenor Moore


Thursday 10 November
09.00 - 09.15


09.15 - 09.30

Welcome: Alexander Marr, Pablo Schneider & Christopher Heuer

09.30 - 11.00

Session I – Chair: Christopher Heuer (Clark Art Institute, Williamstown)

Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge) What is an Epistemic Image?

Sachiko Kusukawa (University of Cambridge) Uses of images in Early Modern Studies of Nature

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Session II – Chair: Pablo Schneider (Humboldt University, Berlin) 

Ulinka Rublack and Stefan Hanß (University of Cambridge) “In dem Original Contrefaict dieses Vogels”: Marcus zu  Lamm’s Epistemic Images of Birds

Elke Werner (Free University, Berlin) Dürer’s Rhinoceros. Shaping an Epistemic Image

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Session III – Chair: Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge)

Christopher Heuer (Clark Art Institute, Williamstown) The Savage Episteme

Shira Brisman (University of Wisconsin, Madison) The Inside of Art

15.30 - 16.00


16.00 - 17.30

Session IV – Chair: José Ramón Marcaida (University of Cambridge)

Elizabeth Petcu (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Ryff’s Acanthus: On Nature Study in Sixteenth-Century Architecture

Stephanie Leitch (Florida University) Early Modern Prints as Epistemic Warrants: From Murky Texts to Do-it-Yourself


Drinks and Dinner (for speakers only)

Friday 11 November
09.30 - 11.00

Session V – Chair: Richard Oosterhoff (University of Cambridge)

Jennifer Rampling (Princeton University) Depicting (Al)chemical Change

Christopher Johnson  (Warburg Institute) On Jost Amman’s Pliny

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Session VI – Chair: Raphaële Garrod (University of Cambridge)

Pablo Schneider (Humboldt University, Berlin) Looking at Narrative Pictures with an Epistemic Eye: Lucus van Leyden and Pieter de Hooch

Christine Goettler (Bern University) Epistemic and Enigmatic Imagery in the Work of Hendrik Goltzius


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