So Many Celestial Animals So Vividly Drawn: Birds and Their Images in Pre-Linnaean Italy

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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Image © Private collection

NATURE READER 18:00–19:00 Thursday 9 February 2017

The Paper Museum, formed by the collector and patron Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588–1657), contains more than 200 watercolours of birds, ranging from song-birds, caught locally in the environs of Rome, to exotic species from Africa, America and the Indies. The majority of images were made from living, freshly dead or preserved birds, and many of the drawings are of exceptional quality.

Henrietta McBurney Ryan FLS and Carlo Violani FLS will address how the corpus of drawings, together with the texts which were written to accompany some of them, provide a fascinating insight into the collecting and keeping of birds in early 17th-century Rome; as well as into the state of ornithological knowledge a century before Linnaeus.

Following the lecture Arthur MacGregor and Ian Rolfe will make brief presentations on Other animals and Minerals and natural curiosities in the newly published Cassiano Catalogue Raisonné

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not necessary. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.