of Southern Florida
Birds and Beasts
From the late seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, European scientists and artists visited Cuba to illustrate and document the countrys flora and fauna for European audiences. The nineteenth century produced the greatest number of such scientific illustrations. By this time, an increasingly educated public had a heightened interest in natural history, and technical improvements in printing processes made it easier and cheaper to publish illustrations. Artists are still producing scientific illustrations of Cuban plants and animals today.
In scientificor natural history illustrations,
each plant or animal species is painted in minute detail. An illustration
is made while directly observing an animal or plant, living or dead. Sometimes
an image is copied from someone else's illustration, or drawn from memory
or the imagination. The primary purpose of the illustration is to achieve
scientific accuracy rather than aesthetic appeal.
|Birds and Beasts
Bee Hummingbirds | Snake | Trogons | Butterflies | Cuban Emeralds
Start | Birds and Beasts | Sea Creatures | Plagiarized Prints | Food and Flowers
Flora and Fauna
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