Exhibits in Special Collections

Natural History :: Natural Philosophy

February 6 – June 2, 2017

Hand-colored frontispiece from Martin Frobenius Ledermüller, Amusement microscopique, vol. 1 of 3 (Nuremberg: Se grave et se vend chés A.W. Winterschmidt,, imprimé chés [sic] De Lanoy, 1764-1768). Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To complement the exhibition “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections in the Chazen Museum and the Burdick-Vary Symposium “New Illuminations: Art-NATURE-History” organized by Prof. Lynn Nyhart through the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Special Collections features an exhibit drawing on our own rich holdings in the fields of natural history and natural philosophy. The exhibit includes titles that have informed or inspired Glowacki’s work, both from Special Collections and the Historical Collections of Ebling Health Sciences Library, along with other illustrated works from the Thordarson Collection and other collections in history of science.

A checklist is available.

Hand-colored illustration of Jacob’s ladder in vol. 1 (1790) of Sowerby’s English botany. From the Thordarson Collection, Special Collections.

Equipment for experimental natural philosophy. From Saggi di naturali esperienze fatte nell’Accademia del cimento, 2nd ed. (1691). Special Collections.