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Truly a beautiful thing,
This review is from: Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (Hardcover)This book is simply beautiful. Although in some ways it is relatively slim in size (it is just over 200 pages in length), you really cannot fault this volume of essays concentrating on some of the best natural history illustrators from the past.
David Attenborough provides an introductory chapter, briefly commenting upon all of the individuals included in the book. This chapter is then followed by 5 chapters, each examining one particular person of significance, such as Leonardo Da Vinci. Each chapter has representations of each person's work and art; and these pictures are truly amazing. I was thrilled to discover that the majority are in colour, therefore allowing you to appreciate them fully. Looking at the pictures, and reading about the work and the times that the artists were working in, it really made me think about how it would have been all those years ago as people were discovering more about the world; discovering new countries, plants and animals.
For any lover of art, history or nature, this book is a pure delight.