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The Science of Describing: Natural History in Renaissance Europe

Brian W. Ogilvie


Out of the diverse traditions of medical humanism, classical philology, and natural philosophy, Renaissance naturalists created a new science devoted to discovering and describing plants and animals. Drawing on published natural histories, manuscript correspondence, garden plans, travelogues, watercolors, and drawings, this book reconstructs the evolution of this discipline of description through four generations of naturalists. In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, naturalists focused on understanding ancient and medieval descriptions of the natural world, but by the mid-sixtee ... More

Keywords: Renaissance naturalists, botanical gardens, herbaria, taxonomy, medical humanism, classical philology, natural philosophy, classification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226620879
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226620862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian W. Ogilvie, author