Sunday, December 27, 2009

Book Review: Amazing Rare Things

Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery by David Attenborough, Susan Owens, Martin Clayton and Rea Alexandratos

This book focuses on the natural history drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Marshall, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby as well as the collections of Cassiano dal Pozzo. The introductory chapter introduces and summarizes the work of these artists and is written by David Attenborough. Each chapter is beautifully illustrated with a selection of plates from the artists, the originals of which are all held in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.