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-Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars
-The Art of Natural History
-Mark Catesby
-Exotic Botany
-Mammals: Audubon's Final Journey
-Alexander Wilson
-Drawn from the Sea
-Empire Elegance: the age of Redouté
-Preserving Audubon: The Bien Edition Restoration
-The Plant Hunters
-The Illustrated Bird
-New Treasures: Recent Museum Acquisitions
-Painting History
-Artistry & Necessity
-Omnis Ex Ovo
-Daring Pursuits
-Garden of Earthly Delights
-Bishop & the Apothecary
-Images from the Sea Shore
-People of the Sky: Bird Spirits in American Indian
-Beauty & Science; the orchid evolves
-The Bird Man: John Gould and his Illustrators
-The Whole Flock: Audubon's Songbirds
-The Whole Flock: Audubon's Waterbirds
-Deep: Sea monsters and early depositions of deeps

  The Art of Natural History
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Exhibit poster

The Art of Natural History
February 10-April 29, 2012
At the Museum in the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery

Artists and scientists have been inspired by the natural world for centuries. The desire to understand and classify plants and animals was prompted by the influx of species new to European naturalists during the Age of Discovery. As the sciences developed, illustrating species became an essential element of this process. Detailed images were published in significant numbers so that information could be shared. In an age when art and science had not yet diverged and documenting the visual world was still the artist's crucial role, these illustrations were not only beautiful but scientifically important.

The Maximus Gallery art collection shows how many of the greatest scientific illustrators saw the world in this visual record that spans 300 years.

Catesby Glass Snake



Red Claw Crab




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