History of Paleontology Illustration

History of Paleontology Illustration

by Jane P. Davidson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253351758

ISBN-13: 9780253351753

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Writing from the perspective of an art historian, Jane P. Davidson traces the history of paleontology illustration from the 15th century to the present. She combines discussions of these images as works of representative art with assessments of the artists. The book covers depictions of fossils, restorations of plants and animals, and ecological restorations in

Overview

Writing from the perspective of an art historian, Jane P. Davidson traces the history of paleontology illustration from the 15th century to the present. She combines discussions of these images as works of representative art with assessments of the artists. The book covers depictions of fossils, restorations of plants and animals, and ecological restorations in painting, drawing, sculpture, and in display restorations such as dioramas. Although the main subject of the book is scientific illustration, it also delves into "popular" illustrations such as those found in children's textbooks, popular introductions to paleontology and geology, museum and other public displays, and film. Both a history of science and a history of representation, this is a fascinating exploration of the interactions between art and science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253351753
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Life of the Past Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface

1. Fossils in Art and Book Illustration in Early Modern Europe
2. The Late Seventeenth Century and the Eighteenth Century
3. The Nineteenth Century
4. The Paleontologist Poses with Fossils
5. Early Photography in Paleontology, 1840-1931
6. The Twentieth Century

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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