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Science in Motion: Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton, Berenice Abbott

Science in Motion

Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton, Berenice Abbott

Photographs from the Bank of America Collection

June 13 — September 26, 2024
Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The exhibition celebrates three revolutionary icons of photography: Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton, Berenice Abbott.

Photography was born out of a passionate engagement between art and science. The medium’s pioneers were inventors, scientists and mathematicians. The results of their experiments dramatically affected the art form and forged a reciprocal relationship between art and science that has continued to this day. 

dettaglio di Animal Locomotion Portfolio (Daisy Cantering Straddled)
Eadweard Muybridge
Animal Locomotion Portfolio, Plate No. 616, 1887, (Daisy Cantering Straddled)
Eadweard Muybridge, 1887 negative. Collotype

After the invention of photography and its announcement to the world in 1839, photography became a favored tool for scientific investigation while simultaneously spawning a new art form. This exhibition offers a rich view of the scientific studies done by three groundbreaking photographers: Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton and Berenice Abbott. Each of these artists invented devices to study and represent aspects of light and motion. Their works elegantly reveal both scientific phenomena and the photographers’ individualized artistic sensibilities.

Their successful uniting of science and photography led to the creation of new technologies and new teaching strategies that have helped to usher us into the modern age.

Pigeon by Muybridge



Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Via Manzoni 12, Milano


June 13 — September 26, 2024


Full — € 14,00
Reduced Over 65 — € 10,00


Reservations for groups are mandatory online


Monday — Sunday 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.
(last entrance 5 p.m.)


Under the patronage of

This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program

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