Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Stuart Clark, Vanities of the Eye: Vision in Early Modern European Culture

Clark, Stuart (Fellow, 1999-00)

Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Vanities of the Eye investigates the cultural history of the senses in early modern Europe, a time in which the nature and reliability of human vision was the focus of much debate. In medicine, art theory, science, religion, and philosophy, sight came to be characterised as uncertain or paradoxical — mental images no longer resembled the external world. Was seeing really believing?


Subjects: History; Cultural History; European History; History of Science; History of Medicine