Art And Science: The Relationship Between Science And Art

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INTRODUCTION Science and art naturally overlap. Both are a means of investigation. Both involve ideas, theories, and hypotheses that are tested in places where mind and hand come together(the laboratory and studio). Artists, like scientists, study materials, people, culture, history, religion, mythology and learn to transform information into something else. In ancient Greece, the word for art was techne, from which technique and technology are derived terms that are aptly applied to both scientific and artistic practices. Art and Scientific Investigation in Early-European Art Leonardo da Vinci, painter and draftsman of the High Renaissance, is best known as an artist whose works were informed by scientific investigation. Leonardo observed the world closely,…show more content…
The people of 17th-century Netherlands had an exploratory spirit. Equally interested in this world and the larger universe, the familiar and the exotic, they were intent on looking and investigating. It was here in the early 17th century that the microscope and telescope were first developed. Vermeer’s painting celebrates an astronomer. Yet it equally celebrates the work of artists and the materials of this world. The painting hanging on the back wall was created by a local artist; the Middle Eastern carpet on the table was crafted by a foreign artist; Vermeer’s own paints (ground mineral pigments mixed with linseed oil) and brushes were produced by local artisans. The globe at which the astronomer gazes evidences the link between science and art most pointedly, for it demonstrates this astronomer’s and his culture’s combined interest in finely crafted objects and scientific systems, such as cartography and

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