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The Origins of the World
The Origins of the World
The Origins of the World
The Origins of the World
The Origins of the World
The Origins of the World
The Origins of the World
The Origins of the World

The Origins of the World

Invention of nature at the time of Darwin

By (author) Laura Bossi


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  • At the crossroads of science and art, this catalogue compares the main milestones of scientific discoveries with their parallels in the collective imagination
  • Featuring 300 works which testify on the influence of scientific discoveries on the imagination and art of the 19th century
  • Accompanies an exhibition at Musée d’Orsay in Paris: May - July 2021. The exhibition has been organised with the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada, which will take place from June - 27 September 2021
Full Description
The 19th century saw an unprecedented development of the natural sciences. Darwinian theory questions the origins of man, his place in Nature, his links with animals and his own animality in a world now understood as an ecosystem. This upheaval in the sciences, as well as the public debates throughout the century, deeply influenced the artists.

The Musée d'Orsay and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal are devoting an exhibition to the intersection of science and the arts for the first time, in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, which will retrace the themes of this questioning and will confront the main milestones of scientific discoveries with their parallel in the art.

About the Author
Laura Bossi,  born in Milan (Italy), is a neurologist, science historian and Exhibition general curator. She is the author of many scientific publications mainly in the areas of epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders. In the past few years, she has been increasingly involved in the history of ideas. Her book Histoire naturelle de l’âme (Presses Universitaires de France, 2003) has been translated into Italian and Spanish.

Authors include: Edouard Papet, General Curator of Sculptures, Musée d'Orsay; Elise Dubreuil, Curator of Works of Art, Musée d'Orsay; Nathalie Bondil, Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Curator of Paintings, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Laurence des Cars, President of musée d'Orsay and musée de l'Orangerie; Pietro Corsi, Oxford Center for the history of Science, Medicine and Technology, et Centre Koyré, Paris; Barbara Larson, University of West Florida, États Unis; Fae Brauer, University of East London Centre for Cultural Studies Research.

Editions Gallimard
7th Apr 2021
222 mm x 322 mm
352 Pages
300 color
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