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El ave del paraíso. Historia natural y alegoría

Book chapter (in Spanish) devoted to the allegorical uses of the bird of paradise in the early modern European context. Some references and sources are here introduced and discussed for the first time. José Ramón Marcaida, “El ave del paraíso. … Continue reading

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Una nueva Historia Natural. Primeras noticias ibéricas sobre la naturaleza de las Indias

A truly interdisciplinary and “Iberian” workshop on the history of natural history, organised by Isabel Soler, Emma Sallent, José Pardo-Tomás and Juan Pimentel. I spoke about Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo and his “ekphrastic” description of a rare bird from the … Continue reading

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Natural history and visual culture in the age of Rubens – Museo del Prado (2014)

A few days ago I had the opportunity to fulfill a long-held dream: to give a talk at the Prado Museum in Madrid, one of my favourite museums, whose collections I’ve studied for quite some time as historian of science … Continue reading

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El Arca de Noé. Historia e imágenes naturales – Postgraduate Course

El Arca de Noé. Historia e imágenes naturales is a postgraduate course organised by Juan Pimentel and Sandra Sáenz-López from the CSIC, Madrid, and its aim is to explore the intersections between natural history, visual & material culture and the … Continue reading

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Walton Ford – Natural history illustrations with a modern twist

As a researcher working on natural history illustrations, it is a real pleasure to look at the art of Walton Ford (b. 1960), an American artist who specialises in natural history imagery (in the style of John James Audubon and … Continue reading

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Animal drawings collected by Felix Platter (1536-1614)

Great collection of drawings by Felix Platter (1536-1614)  – via my colleague Florike Egmond, author of the article ‘A collection within a collection: Rediscovered animal drawings from the collections of Conrad Gessner and Felix Platter’, Journal of the History of … Continue reading

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