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This chapter provides an overview of the book which takes up diverse artifacts as a Jesuit mariological text, cosmographies, Calvin's Institutes, Las Casas's Apologia, Hans Staden's Testimony, and the Codex Telleriano-Remensis. The sheer breadth of sources - from a guide for reading Scripture, through the testimony of a captive, to an illuminated manuscript produced in a Spanish colony - offers a kind of panopticon of the different venues in which early modern persons engaged with questions of the eye. In bringing together work on optic theory, ethnography, the visual cultures of Christianity, cosmography and topography, the volume hopes to offer a sense of the richness and the complexity of early modern thinking about the human eye. In bringing together discussions of vision, representation, witnessing, and the relationship between vision and knowledge, it hopes to restore something of the complexity of their intersections in the early modern world.

Keywords: early modern culture; early modern thinking; Europe; human eye; intersections



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