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Amazing rare things : the art of natural history in the age of discovery

Author: David AttenboroughSusan OwensMartin ClaytonRea AlexandratosRoyal Collection (Great Britain)All authors
Publisher: New Haven, Ct. : Yale University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Describes the methods by which selected European artists, from Leonardo Da Vinci to Mark Catesby, portrayed the natural world during the Age of Discovery.
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Attenborough; Susan Owens; Martin Clayton; Rea Alexandratos; Royal Collection (Great Britain); Queen's Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland); Queen's Gallery (London, England)
ISBN: 9780300125474 030012547X
OCLC Number: 154689040
Notes: "The eighty-seven watercolours considered here come from ... the Royal Collection"--Foreword.
Published to accompany exhibitions held Queen's Gallery (Edinburgh) Mar. 2-Sept. 16, 2007 and Queen's Gallery (Buckingham Palace) Mar. 14-Sept. 21, 2007.
Description: 223 pages : illustrations, maps (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Jane Roberts --
Picturing the natural world / David Attenborough --
Leonardo da Vinci : "All the works of Nature which adorn the world" / Martin Clayton --
The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo : "With the true eye of a lynx" / Rea Alexandratos --
Alexander Marshal : "His curious booke of flowers in miniature" / Susan Owens --
Maria Sibylla Merian : "Great diligence, grace and spirit" / Susan Owens --
Mark Catesby : " A genius for natural history" / Susan Owens.
Responsibility: David Attenborough, Susan Owens, Martin Clayton and Rea Alexandratos.


With 150 full-color illustrations, this gorgeous volume is devoted to the natural history drawings and watercolors of Leonardo da Vinci and other outstanding artists of the Age of Discovery.  Read more...
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"Scientists often wonder who first illustrated biodiversity, and I imagine that artists often wonder about the chronology and development of accurate depictions of natural history. Amazing Rare Read more...

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