Ivano Dal Prete

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Lecturer in History
Edwin McClellan Hall, Room 310
1037 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06511
Research Areas: 
Earth sciences (ca. 1300-1800); generation in the long eighteenth century; material culture of astronomy; science, religion and society in early modern Europe


Earth sciences (ca. 1300-1800); generation in the long eighteenth century; the material and visual culture of astronomy; science, religion and society in early modern Italy.

Ivano Dal Prete’s research explores various aspects of the interaction of science, religion and the European society between the late Middle Ages and the early 19th century. His interests include astronomical instruments trade and the production of telescopic images in the 18th and 19th centuries; the cultural and social history of science in early modern Venice, and the digital edition of scientific correspondence networks. He has worked on the interaction between theology and embryology during the 18th century, the redefinition of the status of human embryos and its implications for the social control of pregnancies and abortions in Catholic countries.

Ivano Dal Prete is writing a book on the history of deep time in medieval and early modern Europe, arguing that beliefs in an ancient world circulated freely and were not regarded as problematic by religious authorities. He is an active amateur astronomer with a soft spot for Saturn and Mars, and he is the co-discoverer of several asteroids.

Selected Publications:


Scienza e societa nel Settecento veneto (“Science and Society in 18th-century Republic of Venice”; in Italian), Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2008.

Antonio Vallisneri. Miglioramenti e correzioni, d/alcune esperienze, ed osservazioni del signor Redi (ed., introduction and notes), Florence, Olschki, 2005 (in Italian).

Selected articles and book chapters:

“Cultures and politics of Preformism in 18th-century Italy”, in Ray Stephenson, Darren Wagner (eds.) The Secrets of Generation: Reproduction in the Long Eighteenth Century, University of Toronto Press, 2014.

“ ‘Being the World Eternal’. The age of the Earth in Renaissance Italy”, Isis, June 2014.

“Brokering Instruments in Napoleon’s Eupope. The Italian Journeys of Franz Xavier von Zach (1807-1814”, Annals of Science, 2014.

“The Gazola Family’s Scientific Cabinet. Politics, Society and Scientific Collecting in the Twilight of the Republic of Venice”, in Jim Bennett, Sofia Talas (eds.), Making Science Public in 18th-Century Europe: The Role of Cabinets of Experimental Philosophy, Brill, 2013.

Forthcoming articles and book chapters:

“Rethinking the History of Deep Time. Vernacular Meteorology and the Antiquity of the Earth in Medieval and Renaissance Italy”, in Simon Gilson (ed.), Philosophy and Knowledge in the Renaissance: Interpreting Aristotle in the Vernacular, The Warburg Institute Series, 2015.

“Ingenuous Investigators. Antonio Vallisneri’s Regional Network and the Making of Natural Knowledge in Eighteenth-century Italy”, in P. Findlen (ed.), Empires of Knowledge, 2016.


Ph.D. in “History of the European Society”, University of Verona (Italy), 2005

Laurea (B.A.) summa cum laude in Early Modern History, University of Verona, 1999