The beginning of global commerce in the early modern period had an enormous impact on European culture, changing the very way people perceived the world around them. Merchants and Marvels assembles essays by leading scholars of cultural history, art history, and the history of science and technology to show how ideas about the representation of nature, in both art and science, underwent a profound transformation between the age of the Renaissance and the early 1700s.

part 1|134 pages

Struggling with Reality

chapter 1|34 pages

Splendor in the Grass

The Powers of Nature and Art in the Age of Dürer

chapter 2|20 pages

Objects of Art/Objects of Nature

Visual Representation and the Investigation of Nature

chapter 3|26 pages

Mirroring the World

Sea Charts, Navigation, and Territorial Claims in Sixteenth-Century Spain

chapter 4|28 pages

From Blowfish to Flower Still Life Paintings

Classification and Its Images, circa 1600

chapter 5|24 pages

“Strange” Ideas and “English” Knowledge

Natural Science Exchange in Elizabethan London

part 2|134 pages

Networks of Knowledge

chapter 6|19 pages

Local Herbs, Global Medicines

Commerce, Knowledge, and Commodities in Spanish America

chapter 7|19 pages

Merchants and Marvels

Hans Jacob Fugger and the Origins of the Wunderkammer

chapter 9|25 pages

Time's Bodies

Crafting the Preparation and Preservation of Naturalia

chapter 10|29 pages

Cartography, Entrepreneurialism, and Power in the Reign of Louis XIV

The Case of the Canal du Midi

chapter 11|18 pages

‘Cornelius Meijer inventor et fecit'

On the Representation of Science in Late Seventeenth-Century Rome

part 3|101 pages

Consumption, Art, and Science

chapter 12|27 pages

Inventing Nature

Commerce, Art, and Science in the Early Modern Cabinet of Curiosities

chapter 13|23 pages

Nature as Art

The Case of the Tulip

chapter 14|23 pages

Inventing Exoticism

The Project of Dutch Geography and the Marketing of the World, circa 1700

part |26 pages