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Inventions in Early Modern Europe

10.11.11

Theodore Galle, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Discovery of America,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving

Theodore Galle, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Discovery of America, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Invention of the Compass,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Invention of the Compass, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Invention of Book Printing,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Invention of Book Printing, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Invention of Clockwork,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Invention of Clockwork, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Discovery of Guaiacum as a Cure for Venereal Infection,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Discovery of Guaiacum as a Cure for Venereal Infection, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Invention of Distillation,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Unknown engraver, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Invention of Distillation, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Invention of Eyeglasses,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Invention of Eyeglasses, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Discovery of the Establishment of the Longitudes,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Discovery of the Establishment of the Longitudes, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), <i>Amerigo Vespucci Discovering the Southern Cross with an Astrolabe,</i> from <i>Nova reperta</i> (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Hans Collaert the Younger, after Stradanus (Jan van der Straet), Amerigo Vespucci Discovering the Southern Cross with an Astrolabe, from Nova reperta (New inventions and discoveries of modern times), c. 1599–1603. Engraving.

Photograph courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston.

Scroll through images from Stradanus’s Nova reperta, a series of engravings representing geographical, navigational, and astronomical discoveries as well as mechanical and manufacturing innovations from milling and metallurgical techniques to oil painting and printing. For most inventions, the Nova reperta offered a compressed view of each step in the production process within a unified and densely populated pictorial space, according to Susan Dackerman’s catalog for Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe. Learn more about this Harvard Art Museums exhibit in Jennifer Carling and Jonathan Shaw’s article “Spheres of Knowledge,” from the November-December 2011 issue.