The Bird in Art - Caroline BuglerLondon & New York: Merrell, 2012, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Further reading list; Colour photographs; Colour drawings;
From the cover: “Humans have long been fascinated by birds, and there is a wealth of complex meanings associated with them in different cultures. A number of pagan gods are linked with birds, and dynasties and empires have adopted powerful birds as their symbols. Birds feature in numerous creation myths, and represent the human soul in many religions. Despite this, however, there has until now been no proper study of the bird in art.
This exquisite book investigates the significance of the bird in nearly 250 outstanding works of art, from the cave paintings of the Palaeolithic era to modern works of the present day, and across all world cultures. Beginning with a comprehensive introduction charting artists’ approach to avian subjects over the centuries, the art historian Caroline Bugler then concentrates on such themes as the bird in myth, legend and spirituality, the art of the East, birds hunted or used in the hunt, depictions of birds as pets and companions, and dramatic and daring interpretations by artists of the modern age. A rich and rewarding collection of beautifully reproduced paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures, by such major artists as Audubon, Dali, Diirer, Ernst, Freud, Goya, Klee, Stubbs and Turner, is explored in lively detail. This absorbing book will enchant both art lovers and anyone interested in ornithology.”