The workshop is being organized by the research project Iconography of the Imagery on Early Modern Scientific Instruments (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG). One of the aspects being analysed in the project is biblical imagery that could be related to astronomy. Of particular interest is imagery that was used to argue against the Copernican system from the mid-16th century such as the miracles of the Sun reversing its course in II Kings 20:8-11/Isaiah 38:8 (Horologium Ahas) and the Sun standing still in Joshua 10:12.
The workshops aims at discussing these two passages – e.g. the development of the imagery (for instance in Bible illustrations, religious art, etc.), their genesis as anti-Copernican arguments (in text and image), their reception, their various cultural layers, etc. – in a workshop in Wuppertal/Germany from a broad perspective with a certain focus, however, on the history of art and the history of science in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Participation is free, but we kindly request that you let us know in case you wish to participate by August 16, 2019 (email@example.com).
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
14:00-14:15 Julia Ellinghaus/Volker Remmert (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): Welcome
14:15-15:00 Volker Remmert: Introduction
15:00-17:15 The Horologium Ahaz in Early Modern Science
Henrique Leitão (Universidade de Lisboa): A mathematical explanation of Horologium Ahas? Science and exegesis of the retrogradation of shadows
Brent Purkaple (University of Oklahoma): The Optics of Ahaz’s Sundial within the Optical Literature of the Jesuit Order
17:15-18:00 Josua Stopping the Sun
Evonne Levy (University of Toronto): Joshua Stopping the Sun in the Gesù of Rome
Thursday, August 22, 2019
09:00-11:50 Iconographic Contexts
Azucena Hernández (Universidad Complutense de Madrid): The sun reverses its course in front of an impossible solar eclipse: the frescoes on the Library of the Royal Site of El Escorial
Walter S. Melion (Emory University): The Prayer of Joshua and the Dial of Achaz: Paratactic Scriptural Illustration in the De Keyser, Vorsterman, and Van Liesveldt Bibles
11:00-11:50 Open session: Images of the Sun reversing its course in II Kings 20:8-11/Isaiah 38:8 (Horologium Ahas) and the Sun standing still in Joshua 10:12
Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Center, New York): Christoph Schissler’s Horologium Ahaz Hydrographicum as Kunststück
Susanne Thürigen (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden): Pointing it out: Miracles of the Sun in Hans Gruber’s Astronomical table Clock of 1583
Denis Ribouillault (Université de Montreal): The Marvelous Staircases of Villa Pratolino “il celeste palazzo del sole”