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The history and development of imaging and illustration insect entomology
Chobot, Karel ; Stibral, Karel (advisor) ; Janko, Jan (referee) ; Komárek, Stanislav (referee)
The depictionof insectsis a remarkableportion of the historyof science,historyof entomologyandthehistoryof art,too.The thesisfollowsthehistoryof visual representation of insectswith emphasison the realistic depiction,thenthe style variationof entomology illustrationin scientific works. Next to that,the role of insectsin human culture is also followed,becauseof theinfluenceof,sucha rolein thedepictions. Analogicallyto thearthistoryis necessaryto refusethesimply positivisticapproachof regularprogÍess.The effortof preciserepresentationof tiny details,insectsor detailsof their bodies,is pursuablevery early. Relatively precise,determinabledepictionsof insectsare knownin ancientEgypt or ancientGreece,or in latemedievalbook illuminations.Precision, aftertoday'scriteria,is reachedby artistsof laterenaissanceandbeginningof baroque,artists of flower still life, expertson detailedrepresentationof shapesoshinesand surfacesof tiny natural objects,incl. insects.In the same time the entomologyis established,thank to publicationof Aldrovandi'sDe AnimalibusInsectisitt 1602. ThethesisestablisheŠin thehistoryof theinsectdepictiontwo phases'In thefirst,pre- Aldrovandian,is it requiredto follow the developmentof the insect depictionin arts in particular.The role of illustrationsin thattime scientiťrcproductionis minor...

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