Audubon's Aviary

The Original Watercolors for the Birds of America

Author: Roberta Olson,Marjorie Shelley,Ny Historical Society

Publisher: Skira

ISBN: 9780847839438

Category: Art

Page: 448

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The Birds of America is a classic, but it has never been explored like this before. This volume presents the dazzling watercolours that Audubon painted for these monumental engravings. We are all familiar with the prints--engraved by Robert Havell Jr. But this book illuminates the original masterpieces that were created by Audubon himself, as well as telling the story behind their creation with fresh insights and engaging quotes from his writings. These powerful images - all newly photographed using state-of-the-art techniques - possess a startling immediacy, vibrancy, and fluidity that link natural history, art, and a respect for the environment. These watercolours transmit Audubon's devotion to his craft with their inscriptions and layers of media wrought with a miniaturist's attention to detail and revolutionary compositions which for the first time in history depict all the birds lifesize. They thrust you directly into the scene - you are embedded with Audubon in the forests of young America, observing these amazing creatures in their natural habitats. In fact, as the essays reveal, Audubon is considered America's first great watercolourist, introducing innovative approaches developed over a lifetime of study. Even judged alongside today's technology, his dramatic tableaux remain some of the most spectacular natural history documents and visually arresting works of art ever produced. The first quarter of the book consists of three substantial essays, each fully illustrated with colour figures: 1) "Audubon, An American Icon: A Biographical Sketch" by Roberta Olson, 2) "Audubon and the Traditions of Ornithological Illustration" by Robera Olson, and 3) "My Style of Drawing: Audubon's Artistic Workshop and Practices" by Marjorie Shelley. Then comes the plates section with full-page reproductions of 112 of the best of the watercolours, each accompanied by a pagelong caption explaining each bird's habits and habitat as well as notes on the artistic techniques used, woven through with Audubon's own words. At the end is a thumbnail index with smaller reproductions of the remaining 362 watercolours that exist, followed by a catalog listing of all the watercolours, a chronology of Audubon's life, a bibliography, and index.
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Historical Perspectives in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper

Author: Margaret Holben Ellis

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606064320

Category: Art

Page: 524

View: 8257

This book is the seventh in the Readings in Conservation series, which gathers and publishes texts that have been influential in the development of thinking about the conservation of cultural heritage. The present volume provides a selection of more than ninety-five texts tracing the development of the conservation of works of art on paper. Comprehensive and thorough, the book relates how paper conservation has responded to the changing place of prints and drawings in society. The readings include a remarkable range of historical selections from texts such as Renaissance printmaker Ugo da Carpi’s sixteenth-century petition to the Venetian senate on his invention of chiaroscuro, Thomas Churchyard’s 1588 essay in verse “A Sparke of Frendship and Warme Goodwill,” and Robert Bell’s 1773 piece “Observations Relative to the Manufacture of Paper and Printed Books in the Province of Pennsylvania.” These are complemented by influential writings by such figures as A. H. Munsell, Walter Benjamin, and Jacques Derrida, along with a generous representation of recent scholarship. Each reading is introduced by short remarks explaining the rationale for its selection and the principal matters covered, and the book is supplemented with a helpful bibliography. This volume is an indispensable tool for museum curators, conservators, and students and teachers of the conservation of works of art on paper.
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The Curse of the Labrador Duck

My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction

Author: Glen Chilton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439124994

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 3724

In an obsessive 82,000-mile quest for dead birds, how much trouble can one scientist get into? Finally, the world's leading authority on the extinct Labrador Duck, Dr. Glen Chilton, shares the story of his frenzied obsession to reveal the histories behind the mysterious bird -- a saga wherein he sets out to examine the remains of every Labrador Duck, conduct genetic analysis on every Labrador Duck egg, and visit every site where the duck was shot...with many a (mis)adventure along the way. More elusive than the Passenger Pigeon, the Dodo, or the Great Auk and breeding in places so obscure that no certain records exist of its nests, the Labrador Duck succumbed to extinction almost before anyone realized it was in decline. When Chilton began his travels, there were thought to be approximately fifty stuffed specimens, scattered among the museums of Europe and North America. However, as his search progressed, it became clear that some specimens had been lost to war and theft, while others lay hidden in far-flung collections, overseen by secretive curators. After traveling the equivalent of 3.3 times around the world with a series of oddball companions, Chilton finally began to close in on every known specimen...but not before he risked heavy-metal poisoning in Russia, swam naked in a glacier-fed stream, corresponded with a millionaire murderer, and narrowly avoided arrest in New York City. A magnificent blend of travel writing, science, detective work, and mishap, The Curse of the Labrador Duck is the zany adventure of one biologist's obsessive quest to uncover the mysteries of one of the world's most enigmatic birds.
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Florida Off the Beaten Path®

A Guide to Unique Places

Author: Diana Gleasner,Bill Gleasner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493007777

Category: Travel

Page: 240

View: 8644

Florida Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Florida Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Florida that other guidebooks just don't offer. The 12th edition features a full-color insert.
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Aufstand der Tiere

Author: Piers Torday

Publisher: cbj Verlag

ISBN: 3641139953

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4985

Einst hat Kester die Tiere gerettet: Wird es ihm jetzt gelingen, die Menschen zu retten? Er dachte, sein Abenteuer sei vorbei. Doch er hat sich getäuscht. Kester lebte in einer Welt, in der fast alle Tiere ausgerottet waren. Bis er die letzten ihrer Art kennenlernte und feststellte, dass er mit ihnen sprechen kann. Und dass es seine Mission ist, sie zu retten. Doch unter den überlebenden Tieren gibt es einige, die an den verhassten Menschen Rache nehmen wollen – tödliche Rache. Nur Kester kann die Verschwörung noch stoppen.
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Birdspace

a post-Audubon artists aviary

Author: David S. Rubin

Publisher: Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 103

View: 8192

Birds have eternally fascinated human beings: so long as art has been made, the imagery of birds has been popular. This remarkable catalogue investigates the prevalence of bird and bird culture subjects in contemporary art since the early 1990s, while also revealing how far artists have evolved in their use of bird imagery since the days of John James Audubon, the first major bird artist.For some artists, birds are the touchstone of physical Nature while others regard them more mystically as symbols of transience and mortality. Certain artists identify so personally with birds that the representation of them becomes a vehicle for exploring issues of autobiography; still others take nothing but delight from birds and use them as a point of departure for toying with the viewer's perceptions. Birdspace features works by over fifty artists, including Kiki Smith, Jacqueline Bishop, Ann Craven, Wim Delvoye, Walton Ford, Roni Horn, Hunt Slonem, and many more.
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The open laboratory

the best science writing on blogs 2008

Author: Jennifer Rohn,Richard P. Grant

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780557053179

Category: Computers

Page: 167

View: 2928

This year's editor Jennifer Rohn put together a collection of fifty-two selected blog posts showcasing the quality and diversity of science writing on blogs in 2008. You can see the background story on how the book came about here. You can order the first (2006) volume here and the second (2007) here.
Posted in Computers

This Strange Wilderness

The Life and Art of John James Audubon

Author: Nancy Plain

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803284012

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 136

View: 9178

Birds were “the objects of my greatest delight,” wrote John James Audubon (1785–1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world’s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image—lifelike and life size—rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self-promoter. Through talent and dogged determination, he rose from backwoods obscurity to international fame. In This Strange Wilderness, award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon’s career and the beautiful images that are his legacy. Before Audubon, no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Aware that the wilderness and its wildlife were changing even as he watched, Audubon remained committed almost to the end of his life “to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world.” This Strange Wilderness details his art and writing, transporting the reader back to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America.
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Vanity Fair

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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A Passion for Natural History

The Life and Legacy of the 13th Earl of Derby

Author: Clemency Thorne Fisher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Natural history

Page: 239

View: 1218

Posted in Natural history

The Explorer

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Natural history

Page: N.A

View: 5433

Posted in Natural history

The Florida Naturalist

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Birds

Page: N.A

View: 2291

Vols. for , 1962- accompanied by a newsletter with the same title issued during the other months of the year.
Posted in Birds

Art Index

Author: Alice Maria Dougan,Margaret Furlong

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: N.A

View: 4050

Posted in Art

The New Yorker

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Arts

Page: N.A

View: 3154

Posted in Arts

The Listener

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Radio addresses, debates, etc

Page: N.A

View: 8795

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The Carolina Parakeet

America's Lost Parrot in Art and Memory

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 75

View: 5403

Uses illustrations and the writings of early settlers and naturalists to explore what is known about North America's only native parrot and its disappearance.
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The Jack-pine Warbler

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Birds

Page: N.A

View: 7635

Posted in Birds