[UCP Books]: The Art of the Bird: The History of Ornithological Art through Forty Artists by Roger J. Lederer


Lavishly illustrated with 200 color plates, a coffee table book that art lovers and birdwatchers alike will flock to . . .



The Art of the Bird

The History of Ornithological Art through Forty Artists

Roger J. Lederer


Publication Date: October 6, 2019

224 pages | 200 color plates | 9 ½ x 11 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-67505-3 | Cloth $35.00



Have you ever dreamt of flying? Of sprouting feathers and lifting into the air? You are not alone—indeed, you find yourself in longstanding and distinguished artistic company. Our avian enthrallment is age-old, with human depictions of birds dating back to as many as 40,000 years ago, when Paleolithic artists took to cave walls to capture winged and other beasts. But the artform has reached its peak in the last four hundred years. In The Art of the Bird, devout birder and ornithologist Roger J. Lederer celebrates this heyday of avian illustration. Stretching its wings across time, taxa, geography, and artistic style—from improbable species assemblages in Baroque still lifes, to the celebrated realism of American conservation icon John James Audubon, and the boundary-pushing bird art of today—this book is feathered with art and artists as diverse and beautiful as their subjects. A soaring exploration of our fascination with the avian form and of its changing meaning across the centuries, The Art of the Bird is a testament to symbiotic forces at the heart of both art and science: intense observation and wonder.



Roger J. Lederer is professor emeritus of biological sciences at California State University, Chico, where he taught courses on ornithology and ecology. He is the author of Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior; coauthor of Latin for Bird Lovers; and creator of Ornithology.com.

Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.



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