Renaissance Invention: Stradanus's "Nova Reperta" | Newberry

Renaissance Invention: Stradanus's "Nova Reperta"

Illustration from Stradanus's NPhilips Galle after Johannes Stradanus. Lapis polaris magnes (Magnet), circa 1588. Engraving. VAULT Case Wing folio Z 412 .85.ova Reperta, ca. 1580

Philips Galle after Johannes Stradanus. Lapis polaris magnes (Magnet), circa 1588. Engraving. VAULT Case Wing folio Z 412 .85.

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During a time of globalization, colonization, and warfare, Europeans in the Renaissance embraced new technology even as they lamented its disruptive, destructive, and destabilizing consequences.

Renaissance Invention explores the conception of novelty and technology through an unprecedented study of Nova Reperta (New Discoveries), a late sixteenth-century print series that celebrated the marvels of the age, including the stirrup, the cure for syphilis, and the so-called discovery of America. Designed in Florence and printed in Antwerp, the Nova Reperta images spread far and wide, shaping Europeans’ perceptions of the innovations that were changing the world and breeding anxiety about the future.

In Renaissance Invention, materials from the Newberry’s collection will appear alongside armor from the Art Institute of Chicago and astronomical instruments from the Adler Planetarium, transporting visitors to a time of change, disruption, and technological development that bears a striking resemblance to our own today.

Renaissance Invention was commended by the 2019 Sotheby’s Prize for its innovation and curatorial excellence.

Renaissance Invention is supported by Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Blair, Jr., Dr. Christine M. Sperling, Pam and Doug Walter, and an anonymous donor. Support for related public programs is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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  • The galleries are open Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 4 pm.
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Free and open to all.