Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, November 2021
Editors: Richard J. Oosterhoff, José Ramón Marcaida and Alexander Marr (Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science project, 2014 – 2019)
Ingenuity in the Making explores the myriad ways in which ingenuity shaped the experience and conceptualisation of materials and their manipulation in early modern Europe. Contributions range widely across the arts and sciences, examining objects and texts, professions and performances, concepts and practices. The book considers subjects such as spirited matter, the conceits of nature, and crafty devices, investigating the ways in which ingenuity acted in and upon the material world through skill and technique. Contributors ask how ingenuity informed the ‘maker’s knowledge’ tradition, where the perilous borderline between the genius of invention and disingenuous fraud was drawn, charting the ambitions of material ingenuity in a rapidly globalising world.