Origins of science as a visual pursuit

This research project is investigating the relationship between science and visual culture in seventeenth-century England.

The aim of the project is to examine the historical origins of the visual character of science with respect to the activities of the Royal Society.

The purpose is to understand how art, artists, and reproductive-print makers enabled creativity and innovation in science in the seventeenth century, and to what extent naturalists and natural philosophers, in turn, transformed visual resources and strategies into something of their own.

The project is led by Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, Trinity College, Cambridge, as principal investigator, with Dr Felicity Henderson, Royal Society Centre for History of Science, and Dr Alexander Marr, University of Southern California, as network collaborators.

It is funded by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Our mission

To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Our priorities

  • Promoting science and its benefits
  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement