Smithsonian American Art Museum: Capturing Humboldt in the 21st century using an 18th-century tool

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Capturing Humboldt in the 21st century using an 18th-century tool. “Meet Dean Howarth, a local high school science teacher and an interpreter on the history of science. He has presented ‘living history narratives’ based on the science of Charles Willson Peale and Alexander von Humboldt at Smithsonian Libraries, the National Museum of American History, and other regional museums. Howarth visited SAAM in nineteenth century dress during the summer to sketch the mastodon skeleton featured in the exhibition, Alexander von Humboldt in the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture. He used a ‘camera lucida,’ a small sketching tool used in the 1800s similar to a camera obscura but simpler and quicker to use—a favorite tool of 19th-century naturalists, like Humboldt. Enjoy the world of science, discovery, and Alexander von Humboldt through Howarth’s lens.”

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