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Defining Features

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Scientific & Medical Portraits 1660-2000
Ludmilla Jordanova

Defining Features brings portraiture and science together, with a lucid text that reflects on the nature of the relationships between art, science, medicine and technology over more than three centuries.

Illustrated with a selection of portraits of such notable personalities as James Watt, Marie Curie, Edward Jenner, Albert Einstein and Dorothy Hodgkin, and encompassing a variety of media from paintings and medals to bookmarks and key rings, Defining aFeatures charts changing attitudes towards medical practice and scientific investigation, as well as exploring how notions of gender, heroism, popularisation and celebrity have affected the public's understanding of how researchers do their work.


Ludmilla Jordanova is Professor of Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Her previous books include Nature Displayed: Gender, Science and Medicine 1760-1820 (1999).

235 x 156mm, 192 pages
98 illustrations, 40 in colour
ISBN 1 86189 059 1
£14.95 (paperback)

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