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Coverage for grant RQ-249842-16

Craft Techniques and Knowledge Systems in a 16th-Century Artist's Manuscript: An Open-Access Critical Edition and Translation
Pamela Smith, Columbia University

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A 500-year-old Artisanal Manuscript Yields Its Secrets (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Paul Hond
Publication: Columbia University Magazine
Date: 9/16/2019

In the Lab with Naomi Rosenkranz (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sofia Fortunato
Publication: SciArt Magazine
Date: 6/24/2019

Twenty-First-Century Alchemists (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sam Kean
Publication: The New Yorker
Date: 9/26/2016

Is Columbia’s Department System Ready to Evolve? (Media Coverage)
Publication: Columbia Spectator, Eye Magazine
Date: 10/23/2019

La science redécouvre les secrets de la Renaissance (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Bernadette Arnaud
Publication: Sciences et Avenir
Date: 4/6/2016

Art + Alchemy (Media Coverage)
Publication: RISD News
Date: 11/11/2016
Abstract: Reports on a collaboration between the Glass Department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Making and Knowing Project. The teams attempted to reconstruct pre-modern recipes for ruby glass, a difficult process for making red-colored glass.

Scientific searches for dragon’s blood and the perfect burrito (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Rick Mullin
Publication: Chemical and Engineering News
Date: 10/24/2016
Abstract: The Making & Knowing Project (C&EN, Aug. 3, 2015, page 35) is as concerned with the art associated with materials as it is with the science, says Pamela H. Smith, a science historian at Columbia who directs the lab. “We are definitely interested in the movements of the late-16th/early-17th century in which university-trained people were very interested in the practices of craftspeople, collecting their recipes, their processes, and materials,” Smith says. “At the same time, there was an ambition on the part of craftspeople to be seen as on the same social and intellectual level as people trained at university.” Smith and her associates are also concerned with the status of craft in a modern world where science and art long ago took separate paths but never left the Garden of Earthly Delights, or the human engagement with natural materials, as Smith describes it.

In an Ancient Workshop, Discovering Modern Ideas (Media Coverage)
Publication: Columbia Magazine
Date: 12/1/2015
Abstract: Walk into the basement of Columbia’s Chandler Hall, and you enter sixteenthcentury Europe: leather-clad artisans are melting tin in an iron crucible, boiling elm roots in red wine, and coating roses, dead insects, and taxidermied lizards with butter and wheat oil. After a few hours of work, they will have created exquisitely detailed pewter replicas of the flora and fauna — gifts suitable for any aristocrat.