Introduction to Fifteenth-century Flanders

Jan van Eyck, The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin, oil on panel, c. 1390-95, 66 x 62 cm / Louvre Museum, Paris By Dr. Andrew Murray / 07.17.2017 Research Fellow Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Material splendor Jan van Eyck’s Rolin Madonna presents a series of objects and surfaces: a fur-lined damask robe, ceramic tiles, a golden crown, stone columns, warm flesh,[…]

The Art of Philosophy: Visualizing Aristotle in Early 17th-Century Paris

Meurisse and Gaultier’s Artificiosa totius logices descriptio, 1614 / IBF Gallica With their elaborate interplay of image and text, the several large-scale prints designed by the French friar Martin Meurisse to communicate Aristotelian thought are wonderfully impressive creations. Susanna Berger explores the function of these complex works, and how such visual commentaries not only served to[…]

Moral Agents in John Locke’s ‘Essay Concerning Human Understanding’

Portrait of John Locke, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1697 / State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia By Dr. Garth Kemerling / 11.12.2011 Professor of Philosophy Capella University Philosophy Pages Three years after the Essay was published, Locke’s friend William Molyneux wrote from Ireland with several suggestions. Although he greatly admired Locke’s achievment, Molyneux proposed recasting it as a scholastic[…]