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Janello Torriani and the Spanish Empire : a Vitruvian Artisan at the Dawn of the Scientific Revolution / Cristiano Zanetti

por Zanetti, Cristiano

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Editor: Londen : Brill, 2017
Descripción Física: XI, 450 p. : il. ; 25 cm
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Janello Torriani, known in the Spanish-speaking world as Juanelo Turriano (Cremona, Italy ca. 1500 – Toledo, Spain 1585), is the greatest among Renaissance inventors and constructors of machines. Contemporary literates and mathematicians celebrated Janello Torriani and his creations in their writings. It is striking how such fame turned into nearly complete oblivion, leaving only a few clues of a blurred and distorted memory dispersed here and there. This book wishes to show the central role that artisans formed in the Vitruvian tradition played in demonstrating through practical mathematics an increasing and positive control over Nature, a step rooted in humanist culture and foundational for the understanding of those historical processes known as the Scientific and the Industrial Revolutions.

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Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
PART 1. A CENTRE OF EDUCATION FOR THE VITRUVIAN ARTISAN AT THE PERIPHERY OF THE EMPIRE
Chap. 1. Janello Torriani's First Education
Cremona, the Italian Wars and the Desire for a Better Life
Fashioning the Aura of the Genius
Family, Social Status, Education
Humanist Pedagogy in Cremona
Chap. 2. The Theoretical Clock
The Science of the Stars
Renaissance Scientific Instruments
Physician as a Mentor: Giorgio Fondulo (Cremona 1473-1545)
Chap. 3. The practical Clock
The Guild
Janello Torriani the Blacksmith
Between Public Clock and Private Workshop
PART 2. THE EMPEROR’S CLOCKMAKER (1540-1558)
Chap. 4. The Artisan Courtier
The Grand Tour in Reverse
A Broth of Clocks for the Emperor
Climbing The Social Ladder
Chap. 5. Networks and Technology in Habsburg Europe
From Commoner to Courtier
The Artisan’s Apotheosis
The Ambassadors from Mantua and their Brokerage of Janello’s Inventions
Janello Entrepreneur
Chap. 6. The Microcosm
The First Machine-Tool to Cut Gears
Anatomy of the Microcosm
PART 3. HYDRAULIC METAMORPHOSIS OF A CLOCKMAKER AT THE COURT OF THE NEVER-SETTING SUN
Chap. 7. Mechanics: From Micro to Macro
Automata, Watches And Great Machines
Models and the Problems of Scale
From Clockmaking to Hydraulic Engineering
Chap. 8. Janello in Spain as a Royal Hydraulic Engineer (1563-1585)
Hydraulic Engineering in the Habsburg Empire
Toledo: a Paradigmatic Stage for Renaissance Water-Technology
Chap. 9. The First Global
Empire Produces the First Giant Water-Machine
Qui Bono? Janello caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Invention and the Practice of Secrecy
Conclusions
Bibliography
Manuscript Sources
Printed Sources
Index



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Janello Torriani, known in the Spanish-speaking world as Juanelo Turriano (Cremona, Italy ca. 1500 – Toledo, Spain 1585), is the greatest among Renaissance inventors and constructors of machines. Contemporary literates and mathematicians celebrated Janello Torriani and his creations in their writings. It is striking how such fame turned into nearly complete oblivion, leaving only a few clues of a blurred and distorted memory dispersed here and there. This book wishes to show the central role that artisans formed in the Vitruvian tradition played in demonstrating through practical mathematics an increasing and positive control over Nature, a step rooted in humanist culture and foundational for the understanding of those historical processes known as the Scientific and the Industrial Revolutions.

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Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
PART 1. A CENTRE OF EDUCATION FOR THE VITRUVIAN ARTISAN AT THE PERIPHERY OF THE EMPIRE
Chap. 1. Janello Torriani's First Education
Cremona, the Italian Wars and the Desire for a Better Life
Fashioning the Aura of the Genius
Family, Social Status, Education
Humanist Pedagogy in Cremona
Chap. 2. The Theoretical Clock
The Science of the Stars
Renaissance Scientific Instruments
Physician as a Mentor: Giorgio Fondulo (Cremona 1473-1545)
Chap. 3. The practical Clock
The Guild
Janello Torriani the Blacksmith
Between Public Clock and Private Workshop
PART 2. THE EMPEROR’S CLOCKMAKER (1540-1558)
Chap. 4. The Artisan Courtier
The Grand Tour in Reverse
A Broth of Clocks for the Emperor
Climbing The Social Ladder
Chap. 5. Networks and Technology in Habsburg Europe
From Commoner to Courtier
The Artisan’s Apotheosis
The Ambassadors from Mantua and their Brokerage of Janello’s Inventions
Janello Entrepreneur
Chap. 6. The Microcosm
The First Machine-Tool to Cut Gears
Anatomy of the Microcosm
PART 3. HYDRAULIC METAMORPHOSIS OF A CLOCKMAKER AT THE COURT OF THE NEVER-SETTING SUN
Chap. 7. Mechanics: From Micro to Macro
Automata, Watches And Great Machines
Models and the Problems of Scale
From Clockmaking to Hydraulic Engineering
Chap. 8. Janello in Spain as a Royal Hydraulic Engineer (1563-1585)
Hydraulic Engineering in the Habsburg Empire
Toledo: a Paradigmatic Stage for Renaissance Water-Technology
Chap. 9. The First Global
Empire Produces the First Giant Water-Machine
Qui Bono? Janello caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Invention and the Practice of Secrecy
Conclusions
Bibliography
Manuscript Sources
Printed Sources
Index


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