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OBJECT LESSONS: THE VISUALISATION OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY LIFE SCIENCES. George Loudon. Ridinghouse, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 256 pp. with 267 ills. (241 col.). 31 x 25 cm. ISBN 9781909932104 In English.
Publisher's description: Encompassing over 200 objects relating to 19th-century life sciences, this beautifully produced and photographed volume reveals the remarkable eye of a remarkable collector. Object Lessons offers a unique perspective on the intersection of art and science from the collection of the London-based contemporary art collector George Loudon. Originally designed to capture the complex structures of nature, the objects range from books and illustrations to botanical specimens and anatomical models. Having lost most of their original pedagogical function, the objects are now open for contemporary reappraisal even as they inspire, seduce and disorient today's viewer. New photography by artist Rosamond Purcell, explanatory texts on the objects by Loudon, an essay by naturalist and writer Robert McCracken Peck and a conversation between Loudon and curator Lynne Cooke together offer insight into the objects' original context and potential for new perspectives.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — 1800-1900 — Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168521
Hardcover $36.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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