Eye of the Beholder

Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing
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Product Number: Z100011713
Released: Mar 16, 2015
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ISBN: #9781622316571
Narrator/s: Tamara Marston
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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"See for yourself!" was the clarion call of the 1600's. Natural philosophers threw off the yoke of ancient authority, peered at nature with microscopes and telescopes, and ignited the Scientific Revolution. Artists investigated nature with lenses and created paintings filled with realistic effects of light and shadow. The hub of this optical innovation was the small Dutch city of Delft. Here Johannes Vermeer's experiments with lenses and a camera obscura taught him how we see under different conditions of light and helped him create the most luminous works of art ever beheld. Meanwhile, his neighbor Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's work with microscopes revealed a previously unimagined realm of minuscule creatures. The results was a transformation in both art and science the revolutionized how we see the world today.

Author(s): Laura J. Snyder
Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: Mar 16, 2015


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Eye of the Beholder
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Product Number:Z100011713

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Author(s): Laura J. Snyder
Narrator(s): Tamara Marston
Genre: Science, History
Product Number DD8616
Released: Mar 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HighBridge Company
ISBN: #9781622316564

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"Laura Snyder investigates the fact that two famous Dutchmen living in Delft at the same time just a stone's throw from each other were both using optical devices to see the previously unseen. Narrator Tamara Marston clearly understands the important points of the text and with impeccable pacing and her lovely and accessible voice proves an able and engaging guide through the detailed scientific and artistic narrative. Johannes Vermeer used the camera obscura to look at how colors change under different light conditions, and Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek peered through tiny, complicated microscopes at any organism or substance he could lay his hands on. Snyder doesn't know if there was any relationship between the two but believes their combined efforts changed the way we see the world. Marston's fine performance provides an added sheen. A.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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