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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 : Yale University Press, 2015. ©2007-2009
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
Document Type: Book
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: 030021572X 9780300215724
OCLC Number: 905638720
Notes: Published to accompany exhibitions held Queen's Gallery (Edinburgh) March 2-September 16, 2007, and Queen's Gallery (Buckingham Palace) March 14-September 21, 2007.
Paperback edition previously published in the United Kingdom by Kales Press, 2009.
Hardback edition published by Yale University Press and in the United Kingdom by Royal Collection Enterprises, Ltd., 2007.
Description: 223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Jane Roberts --
Picturing the natural world / David Attenborough --
"All the works of Nature which adorn the world": Leonardo da Vinci / Martin Clayton --
""With the true eye of a lynx": The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo / Rea Alexandratos --
"His curious booke of flowers in miniature": Alexander Marshal / Susan Owens --
"Great diligence, grace and spirit": Maria Sibylla Merian / Susan Owens --
" A genius for natural history": Mark Catesby / Susan Owens.
Responsibility: Sir David Attenborough ; Susan Owens, Martin Clayton and Rea Alexandratos.


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