Some artists painted large canvases filled with birds for an imaginary earthly paradise, while others made detailed studies of a single species. Many great masters. painted birds, but the specialist bird painters knew not only how to paint feathers, but also understood the birds' anatomical structure. These artists were given commissions to record newly-discovered species.
The variety of their approach is well illustrated in some 500 color and black and white plates. The artists' biographies, arranged alphabetically, include comments on their individual style and achievements. A list of galleries is also included. An additional benefit of the Dictionary is that sales and auctions of bird paintings in both salerooms and galleries during the past ten years are listed, with the prices realized.