In this lecture, part of the Understanding Technologies series, Professor Sven Dupré of Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam discusses how technology has changed our understanding of art history since the early 20th century.

In the first decades of the 20th century the practice of art history was based upon visual expertise acquired by training of the connoisseur’s eye. This knowledge depended upon innate talent and a good memory of form, color and line. The eye of apprentice art historians also needed to be trained by attentively and repetitively looking at paintings, supported by travel visiting as many collections and museums as possible, and by critically comparing the works of art. However, besides the use of photography to assist the memory of the art historian, some connoisseurs saw no use of methods of scientific analysis or visual technologies. Others have responded that new ways of scientifically examining art in the laboratory require students of art history to learn new ways of seeing.

Understanding Technology is a series of public lectures presenting leading international research and ideas in the history, philosophy, politics and sociology of technology.

In cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh

Event information

When

28 Apr 2017
15:00-16:30

Where

Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4

How much

Free but booking required

Booking information

Book your place with Maureen Kerr on 0131 247 4274 or m.kerr@nms.ac.uk.