Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Reading: Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery



Reading:

Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (Hardcover)by David Attenborough (Author), Susan Owens (Author), Martin Clayton (Author), Rea Alexandratos (Author)








Editorial Reviews
From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci, this historical overview of scientific illustrators between the late 1400s and the mid-1700s includes beautiful, intricate specimens from the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Natural History Museum, among others. Filmmaker Attenborough provides an introductory survey of the artistic representation of plants and animals through human history; succeeding chapters focus on five figures-four artists and one collector-none of whom are well-known in either scientific or art history circles. Cassiano dal Pozzo proves an eager and curious antiquarian, a church functionary in Rome who amassed a remarkable collection of illustrations featuring everything from ancient Roman artifacts, minerals and fossils to newly discovered plants and animals. Stunning work by Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby capture plants and animals in their natural state, including dispatches from the New World and fauna newly arrived from foreign lands. Merian proves most fascinating, working in a time (the late 15th century) when women seldom left their homes, let alone traveled unattended to South America to draw insects and plants in the jungles of Dutch Surinam. A true feast for anyone interested in natural history, this marvelous book makes the underappreciated artworks of a passionate, talented group widely accessible. Color illustrations. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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5 comments:

Leticia said...

Looks like a beautiful book. I came across this and thought of you. Not sure if your familiar with it- http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_10841.html

Donna said...

Love the illustrations!

perilloparodies said...

appears to be a very interesting and beautiful book!!! thank you for sharing...

Snippety Gibbet said...

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Ms. Tee said...

I really love the old botanical and scientific prints - I'll have to check this out! :)