The Ghost of Galileo: In a forgotten painting from the English Civil War (Hardback)J.L. Heilbron (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 1135 g
Dimensions: 245 x 165 x 35 mm
... insightful and unusual... A massive amount of information is conveyed in a lively style, with a nice line in deadpan humour... a generous and original book. * Joe Moshenska, Times Literary Supplement *
If ever a book has defied summary, this is it. Mr. Heilbron takes his readers on an exhilarating, 500-page ride through the first half of the 17th century, beginning with the tangled web of political and intellectual relations between the English and the Italians, specifically the quarrel between worldly, pleasure-loving Venice and authoritarian, stuck-up Rome... * Christoph Irmscher, Wall Street Journal *
Beginning with the painting itself and following a number of threads in weaving together - in a way that truly shows the humanities at their best - the history of science, art history, the history of religion, and political history of the early modern period, Prof. Heilbron explores the social, religious, artistic, and scientific landscapes of that time. * The Well-Bred Naturalist *
This is a strikingly unusual book. In 2010, the year in which the author's definitive biography of Galileo and his work was published, the author chanced upon an unusual double portrait by a now unjustly little-known artist, in the dark upper corridor of a house in Dorset belonging to the National Trust ... It is a puzzle without a definitive solution, but the search for one is utterly absorbing. * Alastair Laing, Art Historian, former Curator of Pictures and Sculpture, National Trust *
This splendid study reanimates a portrait of an English scholar and his student, taking as its focal point a copy of Galileo's recent Dialogue concerning the Two Chief World Systems. The relationship of this curious foreground detail to the big picture will captivate historians of early modern science, art, literature, politics, and religion. * Professor Eileen Reeves, author of Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror *
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