This beautiful volume gathers
together a selection of the most important and vibrant
ornithological art from London's Natural History
Museum. Birds: The Art of
New York, 2008, $19.95) tells the remarkable story of the
development of ornithological art through the ages, from
the earliest images of birds in the Renaissance, through
the Age of Exploration, to the present day. Brilliantly
reproduced original artworks by such renowned artists as
Audubon, Gould, MacGillivray, Thorburn, and Wolfe are included.
The lively accompanying text tells the story of how ornithological
art grew out of the naturalistic tradition of European
painting to become a genre on its own, where the artist's
focus on aesthetic appeal was married to the scientist's
need for precision and detail.
Many of the works reproduced in this volume have never
before been published. The detailed text interweaves science,
art history, biography, exploration, and travel to paint
a vast and wondrous picture of the bygone world of artist-scientists,
exotic birds, and faraway lands. It makes a perfect gift
for anyone who loves fine prints and drawings or has an
interest in nature or birding.