Lens, Laboratory, Landscape: Observing Modern Spain (SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture)

Lens, Laboratory, Landscape: Observing Modern Spain (SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture)


An interdisciplinary research of the increase of empirical commentary within the Spanish arts and sciences as the main car for buying wisdom in regards to the normal world.

Lens, Laboratory, Landscape makes a speciality of competing perspectives in regards to the energy of imaginative and prescient in Spain among the 1830s and the Fifties. The photographic lens, laboratory microscope, “retinal imaginative and prescient” of thinker José Ortega y Gasset, and the topographical reviews of Manuel de Terán are woven jointly in and round a eu cultural milieu that gave statement primacy. For as soon as, Spain—now bereft of its empire—was no longer at the open air of such debates. no matter if within the laboratory, kinfolk domestic, darkroom, paintings gallery, or at the street, in Cuba or Zaragoza, Madrid or Massachusetts, Spanish artists and scientists have been engaged with the social and financial strength of remark at a time while the rate of contemporary lifestyles made watching a problem. Claudia Schaefer brings the applied sciences of the eye—photograph, microscope, lens, instruments for land surveying—to gentle as markers at the nation’s touted direction to modernity.

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