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The Art of the Bird : The History of Ornithological Art Through Forty Artists - Roger J Lederer

The Art of the Bird

The History of Ornithological Art Through Forty Artists

Hardcover Available: 6th September 2019
ISBN: 9780226675053
Number Of Pages: 224

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The human history of depicting birds dates to as many as 40,000 years ago, when Paleolithic artists took to cave walls to capture winged and other beasts. But the artform has reached its peak in the last four hundred years. In The Art of the Bird, devout birder and ornithologist Roger J. Lederer celebrates this heyday of avian illustration in forty artists’ profiles, beginning with the work of Flemish painter Frans Snyders in the early 1600s and continuing through to contemporary artists like Elizabeth Buttersworth, famed for her portraits of macaws. Stretching its wings across time, taxa, geography, and artistic style—from the celebrated realism of American conservation icon John James Audubon, to Elizabeth Gould’s nineteenth-century renderings of museum specimens from the Himalayas, to Swedish artist and ornithologist Lars Jonsson’s ethereal watercolors—this book is feathered with art and artists as diverse and beautiful as their subjects. A soaring exploration of our fascination with the avian form, The Art of the Bird is a testament to the ways in which the intense observation inherent in both art and science reveals the mysteries of the natural world.

ISBN: 9780226675053
ISBN-10: 022667505X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Available: 6th September 2019
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 24.1

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