Author Archives: Ana Norman

Was Alexander Wilson’s Art Precursive of the Modern Field Guide?

An examination of the stylistic qualities of Wilson’s art in relation to modern standards of [...]

Ortelius’ Theatre of the World

The Making of the First Modern Atlas

A Guide to the Watermarks and Paper Types Found in Audubon’s Havell edition of The Birds of America

A brief overview of the J. Whatman Turkey Mill papermaking enterprise in relation to Audubon’s [...]

How to Choose a Frame for Your Artwork

A guide to selecting a high-quality, archival frame that best complements your unique artwork and [...]

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Spontaneous Surrealism in Mark Catesby’s Artwork

An investigation of the thematic confluences between Surrealist art and Catesby’s prints

The Interrelation between Natural History Art and Porcelain Ornamentation

The decorative use of Redouté’s botanical illustrations on Sèvres porcelain

The Evolution of Audubon’s White-headed Eagle

The confluence of creative mechanisms behind Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon’s depictions of the [...]

Visualizing the Human Impact on the Natural World in Audubon’s Quadrupeds

Unlike Audubon’s Birds of America, where human presence and impact on nature are infrequently illustrated, [...]

Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

The History of Napoleon Bonaparte's Description De L' Egypte and its Impact on Western Aesthetics.

Audubon’s Insects

An Investigation of the Bugs in Audubon’s Birds of America

The Most Notorious Goose in America

The Canada Goose and its Subspecies

Audubon’s Osprey

Audubon’s Osprey or Fish Hawk frequently makes its way into the top tier of Audubon’s [...]

The Mystery of the Extinct Great Auk

An Exploration of the Historical and Artistic Remanence of the Only Flightless Bird of the [...]

Part 1: Examining the Art of Maria Sibylla Merian through the Lens of 17th-century Dutch Still-Life Painting

A consideration of the similarities between Merian’s prints and the visual syntax of Dutch-era still-life [...]

Part 2: The Influence of Scientific Modalities of Perception and Representation in Merian’s Artwork

An examination of Merian’s artwork in light of 17th-century scientific standards of perception and illustration

Audubon Collecting Guide

An Overview of the Antique Original Editions of Audubon’s Birds of America

Trew and Ehret’s Magnificent Florilegium “Plantae Selectae”

A union of botanical accuracy and artistic beauty - Plantae Selectae is an 18th-century florilegium [...]

A Comparative Analysis of the Bird Prints of Prideaux John Selby and His Contemporaries

An exploration of the creative confluences and stylistic continuities between the artwork of Selby and [...]

A Comparative Analysis of Poiteau and Brookshaw’s Pomological Prints

A Consideration of the Aesthetic, Technical, and Didactic Components of Poiteau and Brookshaw’s Depictions of [...]

Basilius Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis or Garden of Eichstätt

A Floral Monument Lending Perpetuity to Temporality

McKenney and Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America

Self-Presentation and the Body as a Site of Contestation in Thomas Loraine McKenney and James [...]

Merian’s Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname

Visualizing Contained Ecosystems and Insect Development

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Audubon’s Havell Edition of the Raven and American Crow

Sensorial engagement and the challenging of object-viewer relations in Audubon's prints

Catesby’s Crustaceans – Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

Picturing Oddity and Abundance in British Colonial America.

Symbiosis of Art and Science in Audubon’s Pileated Woodpecker

The twofold nature of Audubon’s prints as both artistic and scientific is exemplified in his [...]

Exploring Audubon’s Woodcock – The Havell Edition

An analysis of Audubon's technical and creative approach to rendering the American Woodcock

The Abyssinian Bird Portraits of Louis Agassiz Fuertes

A consideration of the creative techniques and viewer-object relations in Fuertes's watercolors

“A Transcript from Living Nature”

An overview of the structural blueprint underlying Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology

The Interconnection between Rationality and Nonsense in Edward Lear’s Artwork

A consideration of the relationship between Lear's scientific illustrations and Nonsense-verse caricatures.