Science and the Artist's Book
An exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts
Herald of Science
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Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute
Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses
Based on what he saw through the lenses of the newly invented
microscope, Robert Hooke adopted the term "cell" to describe the
tiny chambers he found in cork. A mechanical genius with an
artistic flair, Hooke revealed many new wonders of the plant and
animal kingdoms with his depictions of living specimens he
observed under the microscope. Shown here is Hooke's
representation of cork cells.
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Karen M. Wirth
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1995
[silkscreen, paper, Fresnel lenses]
Look through the lenses in Karen Wirth's Viewpoints.
She fills her book with drawings and photographs representing 300
years of observation at microscopic and macroscopic levels. She
combines Hooke's first drawings and views of cell structures with
telescopic images of the Earth and electron-scanning images of
the human body, in her own exploration of these normally