Begin with sense, of ev'ry art the soul, parts answ'ring parts shall slide into a whole
- Begin with sense, of ev'ry art the soul, parts answ'ring parts shall slide into a whole
In a number of ancient cultures, weather was believed to have been controlled by deities, which allowed these groups to cope with natural phenomena. With the 17th-century European Enlightenment, scientific explanation and reason combined with religious belief to create a revolutionary worldview that expanded this principle. This 1751 print illustrates that transition. Environmental conditions and seasonal change were long thought to influence health and disease. Here, the Greek god of medicine Asclepius lays aside his staff to consult a barometer – a modern instrument that recorded atmospheric pressure, while a farmer looks to the heavens and laments his deceased cow.
- Wale, Samuel, -1786
- Grignion, Charles, 1721-1810
- Name on Item:
S. Wale delint. ; C. Grignion sculp.
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744
- 1 print ; 17 x 11 cm, on sheet 23 x 15 cm
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Frontispiece from The Gentleman’s Magazine, Vol. XXI.
- Notes (exhibitions):
Exhibited: "Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2017.