A History Of Paleontology Illustration

Hardcover | July 14, 2008

byJane P. Davidson

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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.

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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 ...

Jane P. Davidson is Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of The Bone Sharp: The Life of Edward Drinker Cope. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.78 inPublished:July 14, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253351758

ISBN - 13:9780253351753

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
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, 18401931
6. The Twentieth Century

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"... a welcome addition to the very small field of the history of paleontological illustration. It will be particularly useful as a textbook in a history of paleontology course, where it will serve as an indispensable catalogue of past images, artists, and publications..." -ISIS, 100: 2 (2009)