Crafting Worldviews Exhibit and Workshop

February 20, 2023

On Friday, February 24, a symposium celebrating the opening of Yale University Art Gallery’s exhibition, Crafting Worldviews will be held in the Humanities Quadrangle, Room 276 from 8:45am-2:00pm (register for Zoom at

The symposium will be followed by the public program “Collaboration across Campus: The Making of Crafting Worldviews” at 3:00pm EST, live in the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Lecture Hall (YUAG, 111 Chapel Street) or on Zoom. Registration required for virtual attendance:

Crafting Worldviews: Art and Science in Europe, 1500–1800 examines the inseparable relationship among art, science, and European colonialism from the 16th through the 18th century—an era of voyage, trade, and Europe’s territorial dominance on a global scale. The objects featured in this multidisciplinary exhibition cross the modern-day boundaries of art and science and range from the everyday, such as books, maps, globes, drafting tools, microscopes, playing cards, and sundials, to the more unusual, such as a hand-cranked model of the solar system, an automaton clock, and anatomical figures. Drawn from across the University’s campus and crafted from both locally and globally obtained materials, including brass, ivory, mahogany, and ebony, the works featured are remarkable not just for their exquisite design but also their intricate construction. Together, they illuminate the critical role that art and science have played in shaping Europeans’ understanding of the world and their place within it.