An exhibition called ‘Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery’ has opened at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace.
The official site says:
‘The works in this exhibition have been selected, in collaboration with Sir David Attenborough, from six remarkable and diverse groups of natural history drawings and watercolours in the Royal Collection. They date from the late fifteenth century to the early eighteenth century, a period when European knowledge of the world’s flora and fauna was transformed by voyages of discovery to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Through painstaking examination and description, Leonardo da Vinci, the collector Cassiano dal Pozzo, Wenceslaus Hollar, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby hoped to comprehend the natural riches of an ever-expanding world.’
The exhibition runs throughout the summer until 28 September 2008. A standard ticket is £8.50.
An online version of the exhibition is available at http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/amazingrarethings/.