Migrations of the Mind: Manuscripts from the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection - The Getty (April 17, 2010)
GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE REVEALS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND SPIRITUAL INSIGHT FROM THE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN PERIOD
Migrations of the Mind: Manuscripts from the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
At the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Center,
November 17, 2009–April 18, 2010
In this exhibition, the Getty Research Institute presents highlights from the an extraordinary collection of illustrated manuscripts. Displayed together publicly for the first time, these manuscripts on the history of science and ideas demonstrate the circulation of knowledge around the world and across cultures during the medieval and early modern periods. Medieval Muslim and Christian medicine, Chinese acupuncture, secret experiments in alchemical laboratories, codebooks for keeping secrets secret, and French and Persian visions of the cosmos that blend science with spirituality are among the treasures on display. These manuscripts were produced for caliphs, popes, merchants, and scientists. Copied and illustrated by hand, their contents—their ideas and visions—illustrate the human urge for knowledge and creative invention.More...