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101 Masterworks: science and art in the museums and libraries of Madrid

101 Masterworks: science and art in the museums and libraries of Madrid
101 Masterworks: science and art in the museums and libraries of Madrid

Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez (edicion)

Affiliation: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (Madrid, España)

Biography: Sandra Saenz-Lopez Perez es doctora en Historia del Arte e investigadora en el Instituto de Historia del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.

Santiago Aragón Albillos (edicion)

Affiliation: Universidad Pierre y Marie Curie (París, Francia)

Biography: Santiago Aragón Albillos es licenciado en Biología y profesor de Zoología en la Universidad Pierre y Marie Curie (Paris VI)

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Edition: Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez; Santiago Aragón Albillos

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Publication year: 2013

Language: Spanish; English

Subjects: Arts and Architecture, Popular Science

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More than 365 days, more than 30 institutions, more than 50 authors and 101 (or more) works are the numbers which brings together this project. The title 101 Masterworks: Science and Art in the Museums and Libraries of Madrid gathers a collection of pieces with different chronologies, techniques, materials and purposes. Also varied are their locations: from Alcalá de Henares to San Lorenzo del Escorial, as well as Atocha, el Prado, Recoletos, the Complutense University campus, and an endless number of spaces within the city and the Community of Madrid. Despite the apparent disparateness of these works, they all share a common singularity: being a representative piece in the history of science and the history of art which, despite being recognised as both distant and different, developed hand in hand over the centuries. The itineraries presented here allow for a review of some of the arguments which substantiated how and the extent to which aesthetics and knowledge crossed paths and nurtured one another. A pilgrimage either virtual (through the Internet) or physical (visiting the work in situ) invites us to reflect on the scientific value of cultural institutions, and the artistic worth of those regarded as scientific. A painting can include (and usually does) optical assumptions, and be replete with medical or biological references. A surgical or astronomical instrument is a device which is also subject to design. Art is a field of experimentation where ideas and principles of nature combine. Science has always been a culture headed towards representation and ruled by the desire to win over its audiences. Where does evidence end and sentiment begin? What is research and what beauty? Wandering through these 101 works is an invitation to cross paths which sometimes prove unpredictable.

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Physical Description : 101 p. : il. ; 30 cm

ISBN: 978-84-695-8543-6

Publication: Madrid : Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas : Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, 2013

Reference CSIC: CCHS

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