Dr. Valentina Pugliano: Science and medicine in the Renaissance bottega
The paper will explore an early modern site for the making of natural knowledge that has received little attention: the pharmacy shop (or bottega di speziale). Italian pharmacies, and Venetian ones especially, have begun to be studied for their importance in the economic as well as the political dynamic of the Renaissance town. They will be revealed also as accessible arenas for scientific discussion and experimentation, a combination of laboratory and coffeehouse ante litteram. They were places of commercial and intellectual sociability, frequented not only by medical men, customers and neighbours, but also by the would-be naturalists of the parish and the town. There knowledge of the natural world emerged from oral and ephemeral occasions and expertise was often acquired collectively.
Dr. Valentina Pugliano will give a presentation of the project she has been working on at LMU followed by an informal discussion.
Time and place: 28 March, 2013, 2 - 4 p.m, room K 226 (Historicum).