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
TMA Hummingbird Tote
The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs
The Little Book of Woodland Birds
 Bird Percussion Owl
 Bird Percussion Parrot
 Bird Percussion Peacock
Birds by Charley Harper Book of Postcards
Charley Harper: 50 Birds Flash Cards
Charley Harper: Woodpeckers Notecard Portfolio
Charley Harper's Spot the Birds Board Game
The Two Doves: A Children's Book Inspired by Pablo Picasso
Charley Harper Hummingbirds Notecard Portfolio
Birds: The Art of Ornithology
The Big Book of Birds
Bird Watch
Let's Pay Outdoors- Exploring Nature for Children
Hummingbirds: A Life- Size Guide to Every Species
A Short Philosophy of Birds
The Wall of Birds
Warbler and Other Songbirds of North America
The Family of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints of John Gould
Nests, Eggs, Birds: An Illustrated Aviary
The Hidden Meaning of Birds--A Spiritual Field Guide
Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest
Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding
A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration
Exotic: A Fetish for the Foreign
Brackish Feather BowtiesA FLIGHT OF BIRDS: A Quiz Deck of Avian Collective Nouns
How the Birds Got Their Colours
Regular price: $16.99
Sale price: $12.75
Bandhu Dunham - Glass Hummingbird
Mike Wallace - "Blue Heron" Glass Sculpture
Mike Wallace "Cardinal" Sculpture
Mike Wallace "Blue Jay" Sculpture
Mike Wallace- "Quail" Sculpture
Amy Beeler -Bittersweet and Beechnut Bird with Acorn Nest Necklace
Amy Beeler - Beechnut Bird with Bittersweet Earrings
Amy Beeler - Beechnut Bird Post Earrings
Sylvia Pixley- "Screech Owl #2" Woodcut and Watercolor
Sylvia Pixley "Falcon #1" Woodcut
Black & White Eagle Feather Scarf
Regular price: $255.00
Sale price: $127.50
Golden Eagle Feather Scarf
Regular price: $255.00
Sale price: $127.50
Shane Fero - Glass Birds
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #1" Oil Painting
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #2" Oil Painting
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #3" Oil Painting
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #4" Oil Painting
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #5" Oil Painting
Debra Buchanan - "Bird Series #6" Oil Painting
Larry Mack - Butterfly Feeder
Larry Mack -  Butterfly Feeder with Copper Accent
Chad Lacy - "Bird Composition" Glass and Steel Sculpture
Ian Schmidt "Birds Nest Series" Glass Sculpture