|Pages/Publication Date:||276 / 2012|
From the Paleolithic era through today, birds have been a major source of inspiration for artists in practically every culture in the world. In sizes up to 11 × 11 inches, the 250 color illustrations here include early depictions from France's Lascaux caves, Pompeiian frescoes, medieval prayer books, a vulture pendant from Tutankhamen's tomb, and a charming Greek ceramic owl from 2600 years ago. Among the many artists featured in this splendidly produced album are Raphael, Durer, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Blake, Hokusai, Audubon, Rackham, Cassatt, Klee, Brancusi, Chagall, Ernst, Dalí, and Picasso. Showing uncommon breadth, the nine texts here discuss how birds have been represented in ancient, Christian, Eastern, and modern art.