The Art of Natural History – Lecture by Kay Etheridge

December 11, 2013
Wednesday, 2 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
Artist Jonathan Fisher was inspired by a number of artists/naturalists who came before him. Lecturer Kay Etheridge studies the evolution of plant and animal images and their critical role in our understanding of the natural world. She will give a brief overview of the history of nature images from the Renaissance forward, and will then focus on some of Fisher's influential predecessors working in the Americas. These will include the remarkable 17th century artist/naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian and her near contemporary, Mark Catesby, who has been termed an "early Audubon." 
Kay Etheridge is Professor of Biology at Gettysburg College. Her current scholarship centers on the integration of natural history images and the history of biology with focus on the 15th to 18th centuries. In addition to biology courses she teaches a seminar on creativity in art and science and a course on Renaissance curiosity cabinets and their connection to modern museums.
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers
Life stages of a tropical moth and banana plant, first published in 1705 by artist/naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian in her masterpiece Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium.
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