Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820

Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820
Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820 April 24-July 25, 2021 | Gallery 18

Corresponding with an age of exploration, colonialism, and the rise of the great European trading companies—including the West African slave trade—intense interest in natural history and attempts to classify and categorize it grew as specimens of plants, insects, shells, mammals, and birds were collected from around the world and brought back to Europe. In particular, ornithology, the study of birds and their classification, made great strides in the 1700s with many lavishly illustrated studies of birds being published during the century. But naturalists were not the only ones fascinated by these “exotic” birds. Monarchs and aristocrats collected them in cabinets of curiosities and menageries, artists painted them, moralizers found symbolic meaning in them, and women wore their feathers as accessories. This exhibition highlights images of exotic birds in art primarily from the 17th and 18th centuries that show how they became the objects of scientific inquiry, of popular interest, of status, and even of household decoration and personal adornment.

The exhibition will showcase the Museum’s recent acquisition of the important six-volume Ornithologie written by Mathurin-Jacques Brisson and illustrated by François-Nicolas Martinet, published 1760. It will also feature paintings, prints, and decorative arts from TMA’s collection, as well as select loans of significant prints and illustrated books from the Yale Center for British Art, the University of Michigan Museums Library and Special Collections, and the Bowling Green State University Libraries Center for Archival Collections.

Admission to this exhibition is free

TMA Ambassador Hummingbird Tote
$26.95
TMA Hummingbird Tote
$26.95
The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs
$19.95
The Little Book of Woodland Birds
$19.95
 Bird Percussion Owl
$12.95
 Bird Percussion Parrot
$12.95
 Bird Percussion Peacock
$12.95
Birds by Charley Harper Book of Postcards
$12.95
Charley Harper: 50 Birds Flash Cards
$24.95
Charley Harper: Woodpeckers Notecard Portfolio
$10.95
Charley Harper's Spot the Birds Board Game
$29.95
The Two Doves: A Children's Book Inspired by Pablo Picasso
$14.95
Charley Harper Hummingbirds Notecard Portfolio
$10.95
Birds: The Art of Ornithology
$19.98
Fred Tomaselli Coaster Set
$24.95
The Big Book of Birds
$19.95
Bird Watch
$17.99
Let's Pay Outdoors- Exploring Nature for Children
$19.95
Hummingbirds: A Life- Size Guide to Every Species
$29.99
A Short Philosophy of Birds
$19.99
The Wall of Birds
$45.00
Warbler and Other Songbirds of North America
$29.99
The Hidden Meaning of Birds--A Spiritual Field Guide
$17.99
Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest
$20.00
Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding
$21.00
A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration
$26.00
Exotic: A Fetish for the Foreign
$59.95
Brackish Feather Bowties
Observer's Notebook - Birds
$18.95
A FLIGHT OF BIRDS: A Quiz Deck of Avian Collective Nouns
$10.95
How the Birds Got Their Colours
Regular price: $16.99
Sale price: $12.75
Bandhu Dunham - Glass Hummingbird
$35.00
Mike Wallace - "Blue Heron" Glass Sculpture
$2,200.00
Mike Wallace "Cardinal" Sculpture
$1,200.00
Mike Wallace "Blue Jay" Sculpture
$1,200.00
Mike Wallace- "Quail" Sculpture
$1,700.00
Anna Boothe -"Moment"
$230.00
Amy Beeler -Bittersweet and Beechnut Bird with Acorn Nest Necklace
$800.00
Amy Beeler - Beechnut Bird with Bittersweet Earrings
$185.00
Amy Beeler - Beechnut Bird Post Earrings
$68.00
Sylvia Pixley- "Screech Owl #2" Woodcut and Watercolor
$80.00
Sylvia Pixley "Falcon #1" Woodcut
$90.00
Black & White Eagle Feather Scarf
Regular price: $255.00
Sale price: $165.00
Golden Eagle Feather Scarf
Regular price: $255.00
Sale price: $165.00
Shane Fero - Glass Birds
$680.00
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #1" Oil Painting
$195.00
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #2" Oil Painting
$195.00
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #3" Oil Painting
$195.00
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #4" Oil Painting
$195.00
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #5" Oil Painting
$225.00
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #6" Oil Painting
$250.00
Larry Mack - Butterfly Feeder
$25.00
Larry Mack -  Butterfly Feeder with Copper Accent
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Chad Lacy - "Bird Composition" Glass and Steel Sculpture
$1,900.00
Ian Schmidt "Birds Nest Series" Glass Sculpture
$450.00