november road trips....

posted on 11 Nov 2012 15:19 by Elena Pinto Simon
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On Thursday 29 November, Dean Peter Miller travels to Antwerp to give an evening talk at the Rubens House on Nicolas Fabri de Peiresc.

Here is how the Rubens House website describes the lecture:

"The Southern French nobleman Nicolas Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637) was a well-travelled humanist, scholar and collector from Aix-en-Provence. Peiresc moved in circles that included artists and patrons. One of his dear friends was Peter Paul Rubens. He made his acquaintance in about 1620, when he was working as secretary to the court in Paris.


Peiresc and Rubens kept up an intensive correspondence that contains a mass of information on art and science. Peiresc visited Rubens’ studio in Antwerp and made very meticulous notes. In his talk, entitled The Conversation between Merchants, Makers and Scholars: The Example of Peiresc, Miller demonstrates the importance of Peiresc’s notes and the close affinity between art and science."

The talk is organised by the Rubenianum, The Institute of Art History at the University of Bern and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.