Friday, March 14, 2008
"Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery," David Attenborough, 2008
"There is a common denominator that links all these artists. It is the profound joy that all feel who observe the natural world with a sustained and devoted intensity" --Sir David Attenborough
An amazing looking exhibition called "Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery" and curated by the venerable David Attenborough is showing though September 28th at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace.
The exhibition features the work artists Leonardo da Vinci, Wenceslaus Hollar, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby, as well as many works from the "paper museum of collector Cassiano dal Pozzo." What a wonderful concept, a "paper museum"... Not surprisingly, this "paper museum" is the source of some of the strongest images in the show.
To see the full gallery of images, click here. To read a nice (and more thorough) discussion of the show, check out a recent post by Bioephemera. Read a review of the show at the London Independent here. Check out the book which preceded the show, Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery,here.