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Art Of Nature: Three Centuries Of Natural History Art From Around The World
"Art of Nature" is an astonishing visual record of the exploration of parts of the natural world that had never previously been documented. It features many of the greatest natural history artists of the last 300 years - Merian, Bartram, Ehret, the Bauer brothers, Audubon and Gould. Some were seeking fame as scientists or artists, others sought financial gain or at least t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by The Natural History Museum
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Before the days of photography, biological specimens were recorded with accompanying illustrations, many of which are beautifully coloured paintings. This book shows many of the amazing artworks held in the archives and rare books room of the Natural History Museum in London. I am lucky enough to have seen some of the originals contained in this book, having visited the rare books room on several occasions when I worked there.
Excellent and broad-ranging account of natural history illustration, and the organization of chapters by geographical region is a nice feature. I am somewhat skeptical of the extent to which this book may have been a PR exercise for the Natural History Museum in London, UK. Buuuuuut because the NHM has a pretty significant collection of natural history illustration and an excellent exhibitions programme for it, I'm fairly certain there aren't any super glaring omissions.