Katherine Reinhart

Scholar (Art History), UK

Katherine Reinhart is a historian of art and science in early modernity. She is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge on the project Making Visible: The visual and graphic practices of the early Royal Society. Her research focuses on the creation and use of images in the formation of knowledge, in the context of artistic practices, collecting, and art theory in Restoration London and ancien régmine France. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming issue of Word & Image on copying and knowledge making in early modern Europe. From September 2019, she will be the NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Philadelphia.

Making Visible Project website: www.mv.crassh.cam.ac.uk

Sébastien Leclerc, "Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire naturelle des animaux", 1671

Images for the King: Art, Science, and Power in Louis XIV’s France

This project investigates the epistemic and political functions of images in a pivotal early modern scientific institution: the Académie royale des sciences. It reveals how various types of visual material—from anatomical drawings to allegorical reliefs on coins—were an indispensable part of the Academy’s projects, as well as providing tangible evidence of the scientific ambitions of the French state. This study cuts across disciplinary boundaries to explore graphic skill, visual and scientific practice, patronage structures, knowledge production, and the political uses of images.