Drawn from Paradise is David Attenborough's journey through the cultural history of the birds of paradise, one of the most exquisite and extravagant, colourful and intriguing families of birds.
From the moment they were introduced to the European mind in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was recognised and commemorated in the first name that they were given – birds so beautiful must be birds from paradise.
In this unique exploration of a truly awe-inspiring family of birds which to this day is still shrouded in mystery, David Attenborough and Errol Fuller trace the natural history of these enigmatic birds through their depiction in western works of art throughout the centuries, featuring beautiful illustrations by such luminary artists as Jacques Barraband, William Hart, John Gould, Rubens and Breughel, to name but a few. Experienced ornithologists and general nature and art enthusiasts alike will delight in this journey of discovery of the world's most beautiful and mysterious birds.
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"Drawn from Paradise is a glorious romp through the history of the discovery of the Birds of Paradise and their appearance in art in Europe. [...] While the text in itself is an excellent read, what really makes this book is the magnificent artwork that adorns every single page. The book is crammed with beautiful work, with incredible paintings [...] The large format has allowed many of the illustrations to be reproduced on a large scale, which also adds to the enjoyment of the artwork. Birders and ornithologists looking for a more contemporary and comprehensive review and images of Birds of Paradise may be less enthusiastic, and there are other publications which cater for this. For those with an eye for the romance of early exploration, an interest in history and natural history and a love of art, you are in for a real treat."
– Howard Towll, British Birds, 01-03-2013