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

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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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Enlightening Europe on Islam and the Ottomans

Mouradgea d’Ohsson and His Masterpiece

Author: Carter Vaughn Findley

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004377255

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 5577

D’Ohsson’s Tableau général de l’Empire othoman is the most authoritative, magnificently illustrated work of the Enlightenment on Islam and the Ottomans. A practical work for statesmen, the Tableau delighted all readers with profuse illustrations -- verbal and visual -- of Ottoman life.
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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: 6077

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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Ein Garten Eden

Meisterwerke der botanischen Illustration

Author: H. Walter Lack

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783822857274

Category: Botanical illustration

Page: 576

View: 5372

Ikonographische Quelle/Quellen - Botanik - Pflanzenkunde.
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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: 2682

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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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: 3333

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.
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Welten der Romantik

Author: Cornelia Reiter,Klaus Albrecht Schröder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783775740579

Category:

Page: 298

View: 4077

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Vanity Fair

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 4081

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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: 1575

Posted in Natural history

The Explorer

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Natural history

Page: N.A

View: 6662

Posted in Natural history

The Florida Naturalist

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Birds

Page: N.A

View: 4664

Vols. for , 1962- accompanied by a newsletter with the same title issued during the other months of the year.
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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: 3809

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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Art Index

Author: Alice Maria Dougan,Margaret Furlong

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: N.A

View: 7874

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Ein Platz zum Bleiben

Author: Gail Carson Levine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570125601

Category:

Page: 283

View: 1947

Dave (11) kommt nach dem Tod seines Vaters in den 20er-Jahren in ein Waisenhaus. Couragiert und zielbewusst flieht er vor dem brutalen Leiter, kehrt aber zu seinen Kumpels zurück, auch um eine Schnitzerei, letztes Erinnerungsstück an seinen Vater, wieder an sich zu bringen.
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The New Yorker

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Arts

Page: N.A

View: 4596

Posted in Arts

The Jack-pine Warbler

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Birds

Page: N.A

View: 2262

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