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Lecture by Jaco Zuijderduijn

May 1, 2011
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Lecture by Jaco Zuijderduijn
May 2011
Dr. Jaco Zuiderduijn, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utrecht, explained a joint project at Utrecht concerning the early modern convention of putting the birth dates of sitters for portraits on the paintings themselves. His hypothesis was that the convention can be used as a proxy for numeracy itself, allowing not only a more precise estimate of the extent (and chronological development) of numeracy but also its distribution across social class.