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Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Natural History Illustration from the 1500s–1800s

Dates: September 12, 2014–January 4, 2015

Drawing on the collections of the McClung Museum, the University of Tennessee Library’s Special Collections, as well as private collections, this exhibit explores the fascinating intersection of art and science in the tradition of natural history illustration. From 16th century imaginings of fantastical beasts, to the extremely accurate 19th illustrations of plants and animals, the works on view highlight how increasing access to travel, technology, and books, as well as the evolution of the field of science, changed how these artful illustrations were created and interpreted.

Curated by Catherine Shteynberg and Christine Dano Johnson. Thanks to lenders Arader Galleries, Dr. Gordon M. Burghardt, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, and UT Special Collections Library. The exhibit is presented by Arader Galleries, W. Graham Arader III, and UT Federal Credit Union. Additional support provided by Knox County, the City of Knoxville and the Arts & Heritage Fund.

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