Giovan Battista della Porta and Francis Bacon on the Creative Power of experimentation

Doina-Cristina Rusu*, Dana Jalobeanu

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Abstract

This special issue brings to the attention of the scholarly community some of the common features and some of the subtle, but important, differences between Francis Bacon's and Giovan Battista Della Porta's ways of dealing with the reading, selecting, enacting, and recording of recipes. Focusing on questions of genre, intellectual and material context, strategies of research, and strategies of performing recipes, the four papers of this special issue address two major issues. First, they shed new light on the relationship between Della Porta'sMagia naturalisand Francis Bacon'sSylva sylvarum. Second, they show that in the recording of their experimental practices, Bacon and Della Porta depart from the traditional "recipe format" and discover new avenues of experimental research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-392
Number of pages12
JournalCentaurus
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2020

Keywords

  • experimentation
  • Francis Bacon
  • Giovan Battista Della Porta
  • natural magic
  • GIAMBATTISTA DELLA PORTA
  • FRANCIS BACON

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