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Artisanal Enlightenment

Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France

Paola Bertucci

In the first in-depth study of the French Société des Arts, Bertucci argues that key Enlightenment concepts such as improvement, progress and useful knowledge emerged from ‘the contested territory of the mechanical arts’, where artistes – meaning people of practical skills as well as painters and sculptors, but, essentially possessed of esprit – sought to differentiate themselves from mere artisans.
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  • Publisher: Yale UP
  • Year: 2018
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 312pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • ISBN: 9780300227413
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.6kg
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