Writing on hands : memory and knowledge in early modern Europe /
Claire Richter Sherman ; with contributions by Brian P. Copenhaver ... [et al.] ; edited by Claire Richter Sherman and Peter M. Lukehart.
Carlisle, Pa. : Trout Gallery, Dickinson College ; Washington, D.C. : Folger Shakespeare Library ; Seattle, Wa. : University of Washington Press [distributor] [2000]
277 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.
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Carlisle, Pa. : Trout Gallery, Dickinson College ; Washington, D.C. : Folger Shakespeare Library ; Seattle, Wa. : University of Washington Press [distributor] [2000]
contents note
"The handy worke of the incomprehensible creator" / Martin Kemp -- A manual computer for reckoning time / Sachiko Kusukawa -- The singing hand / Susan Forscher Weiss -- A show of hands / Brian P. Copenhaver.
general note
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., Sept. 8-Nov. 25, 2000, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2000-Mar. 4, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [268]-269) and indexes.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-06-04:
Focusing on really fine art by such masters as Rembrandt, Albrecht D?rer, Lucas van Leyden, Leonardo da Vinci and a host of anonymous but highly accomplished creators, this exhibition catalogue (for a show at Dickinson College's Trout Gallery in Pennsylvania and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.) reveals the Middle Ages' dependence on the human hand for everything from arithmetic to music, not to mention fortune-telling. Edited by art historian Sherman (Imagining Aristotle), the essays and catalogue entries combine erudition with accessibility. Sachiko Kusukawa, a research fellow in the history and philosophy of science at Trinity College, Cambridge, contributes a particularly lucid and intriguing chapter describing a hugely important treatise on "finger-reckoning" written by the English historian Bede (c. 673-735). Martin Kemp, a professor of art history at Oxford and recognized authority on the art of Leonardo da Vinci, also contributes a useful short chapter on anatomical art, while Brian P. Copenhaver, professor of history and philosophy at UCLA, provides a somewhat more abstruse essay on divination through use of the hands. Generally, though, academic-speak is kept to a friendly minimum, given the remote nature of the subject. For its excellent, hundred-plus reproductions of etchings and engravings and intriguing focus, this well-thought-out book will be attractive for all larger art history collections, while the cover will attract the digitally curious to higher-end display tables. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Table of Contents
Foreword and Acknowledgments of The Trout Gallery's Directorp. 7
Foreword of The Folger Shakespeare Library's Directorp. 11
Curator's Acknowledgmentsp. 12
Introductionp. 13
"The Handy Worke of the Incomprehensible Creator"p. 22
A Manual Computer for Reckoning Timep. 28
The Singing Handp. 35
A Show of Handsp. 46
Catalogue of Worksp. 61
Prefatory Notesp. 61
Reading the Writing on Handsp. 64
The Handiwork of the Creatorp. 86
Messengers of the Worldp. 128
Knowledge on Handp. 162
The Whole World in the Handp. 200
Guiding Handsp. 244
Bibliography of Frequently Cited Sourcesp. 268
Index of Authors and Their Worksp. 270
Index of Artistsp. 272
Photographic Creditsp. 276
Notes on Contributorsp. 277
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