The Art of Science

Remarkable Natural History illustrations from Museum Victoria

Animals inspire our imaginations. Whether they fly, swim, crawl, wriggle or walk, we are endlessly fascinated with the creatures of our world.

Over the last 300 years their dazzling diversity has been described with increasing precision through scientific illustrations. Museum Victoria's archive of artworks, working drawings and rare books traces the development of scientific art and provides a glimpse into a world of uncommon beauty.

Over the years, changing technologies have provided new ways of discovering and interpreting the world. Digital imaging and computer re-creation have expanded the artist's tool kit, but they have not entirely replaced traditional techniques. The eye, the mind and the hand are still the essential tools for scientific illustration.

The Art of Science is a travelling exhibition from Museum Victoria that toured to Mornington, Ballarat, Adelaide, Mildura, Sale and Sydney between 2012–14. The exhibition opened at the Melbourne Museum on 19 September 2014 and will run until 1 February 2015.

An account of the English colony in New South Wales, 2nd edition, London, 1804



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