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Professor Tim Ingold discusses Audubon's 'Birds of America'

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On 12 December 2019 from 18:00hrs to 19:00hrs. Part of a programme of events supporting the 'Walking with Birds' exhibition, in the Sir Duncan Rice Library. All welcome!

Talk: Birds in a book - Audubon's 'Birds of America'

Measuring 39.5 inches tall by 28.5 inches wide, John James Audubon’s Birds of America is one of the largest books ever printed. It owes its size principally to Audubon’s insistence on painting every bird in its actual life size.

  • Why did he go to such lengths to do so?
  • Were his paintings really pictures of birds or the birds themselves, merely transposed to another medium?
  • What does putting birds in a book tell us about the relation between the natural world and the printed page?

Come along to this free event where Professor Tim Ingold will discuss Audubon's choices when painting 'Birds of America'.

Hosted by the University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections

Venue  The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Contact   scc.events@abdn.ac.uk   01224 274354

Online booking available


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