Huygens-Descartes Lecture Daniel Margócsy ‘The Vesalius Census: The Politics of Reading in Early (and not so Early) Modern Europe’22 sep 2017
Van 14:00 - 18:00uur
Teylers Museum, Haarlem
This year’s Huygens-Descartes Lecture by Daniel Margócsy (Cambridge University) traces the reception history of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica, the first illustrated atlas of anatomy. It relies on the recently completed census of the Fabrica, which has documented the surviving copies of the 1543 and 1555 editions of the work.
It shows how political and economic considerations have shaped how copies of this impressive and expensive volume traveled within Europe and beyond in the past five hundred years, and how readers responded to the text and the illustrations. Margócsy argues that, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Fabrica served as a political tool for understanding and regulating gender relations. An analysis of the annotations reveals that the Fabrica was read for what it said about sexual difference and the secrets of generation. Huib Zuidervaart (Huygens ING) shall provide a commentary to the lecture.