Symposium to Explore Scientific Illustration from Renaissance to Digital Age

Scientists, Artists, Historians Examine Role of Illustration in Advancing Scientific Understanding

A symposium March 15-16 will examine how creative illustrations have extended human understanding of science. The Library of Congress will bring together historians specializing in the scientific illustrations of the Renaissance with contemporary scientists, technologists and artists to explore the longstanding relationship between science and illustration.

The symposium, “Imagining the Extraordinary: Scientific Illustration from the Renaissance to the Digital Age,” will feature experts from NASA, the Adler Planetarium, the Smithsonian Institution and several universities. Bringing together scholars from the humanities, science and the arts, this program will explore key concepts in animating the natural world, including artistic collaboration, imagining the invisible and rendering images for multiple audiences.

The symposium is free and will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium, but registration is required. To secure tickets, visit this event site: lcscientificillustration.eventbrite.com.

Featured speakers will be divided into thematic panels:

  • The Heavens
    • Kimberly Arcand, visualization lead for NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory
    • Pedro Raposo, curator of Adler Planetarium’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy
    • Roger Gaskell, antiquarian book specialist in medical and technical books, Roger Gaskell Rare Books and lecturer at the University of Cambridge
  • The Earth
    • Kay Etheridge, professor of biology, Gettysburg College
    • Tom Keegan, head of Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio at the University of Iowa
    • Eleanor Lutz, infographic maker for the Tabletop Whale blog
  • The Inspired
    • Lilla Vekerdy, head of special collections, Smithsonian Libraries
    • Catherine Newell, assistant professor of religious studies, University of Miami and the Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality at the Library of Congress
    • Greg Dunn, artist and neuroscientist, Greg Dunn Design
  • The Unseen
    • Vincent Rossi, senior 3D program officer, Smithsonian Institution

Press Contact: Brett Zongker (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Stephanie Stillo (202) 707-3402
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More Info: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-183/symposium-to-explore-scientific-illu...

Image: "Master and Student" from Lucidarius. Strassburg, ca. 1481. Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection #84

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"Master and Student" from Lucidarius. Strassburg, ca. 1481. Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection #84