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Ars Natura: Meisterwerke Großer Naturforscher von Merian bis Haeckel [Art of Nature: Three Centuries of Natural History Art from Around the World]

Art / PhotobookNew

By: Judith Magee(Author), Gisella M Vorderobermeier(Translated by)

256 pages, 200 colour photos and colour & b/w illustrations

Theiss Verlag

Hardback | Sep 2017 | #239089 | ISBN-13: 9783806236187
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Language: German

An astonishing visual record of the exploration of parts of the natural world that had never previously been documented. It features many of the greatest natural history artists of the last 300 years – Merian, Bartram, Ehret, the Bauer brothers, Audubon and Gould. Some were seeking fame as scientists or artists, others sought financial gain or at least the prospect of earning a living in what they loved doing.

For some it also provided them with the opportunity to present their view of nature to a wider community. Whatever the reasons, few would have contradicted Humboldt's comment that he was spurred on by an uncertain longing for what is distant and unknown, for whatever excited my fantasy: danger at sea, the desire for adventures, to be transported from a boring daily life to a marvellous world. Continent by continent Judith Magee draws on the unrivalled collections of the Library of the Natural History Museum to illustrate the development of natural history art through the centuries and its crucial role in furthering appreciation of nature all around the world.

Summary in German:
Ars Natura präsentiert packende Naturgeschichte in Bildern. Mit Beginn der Neuzeit brachen immer mehr Forscher zu ausgedehnten Reisen auf, um die Tier- und Pflanzenwelt in weiten Teilen der Erde erstmals zu erkunden. Allein oder in Begleitung von Expeditionen und Handelsgesellschaften sammelten, botanisierten und katalogisierten sie nach Kräften. Dieser Band stellt Naturforscher aus drei Jahrhunderten vor und zeigt ihre grandiosen Zeichnungen, Aquarelle und Kupferstiche. Leuchtende Farben, faszinierende Details und eine erstaunliche Lebensnähe bezeugen die künstlerische Qualität. Fünf Kapitel beschreiben Flora, Fauna und Ureinwohner der fünf Kontinente. Motivation und Ziele der Naturforscher, die Gründung der Ostindien-Kompanie oder die Erfindung des Mikroskops sind Anlass für fesselnde Berichte. Die Illustrationen von Gessner, Cook, Forster, Gould, Humboldt oder Haeckel werden in jeder Hinsicht sachkundig erläutert.


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