Birds, Other Animals and Natural Curiosities: The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo [Series B, Natural History Parts Four and Five, a Catalogue Raisonné], by Henrietta McBurney, Ian Rolfe, Caterina Napoleone and Paula Findlen with Carlo Violani, Onno Wijnands, Arturo Morale Muñiz, Eufrasia Roselló Izquierdo, Arthur MacGregor and Kathie Way, Turnhout: Royal Collection in association with Harvey Miller Publishers, 2017, 2 vols, 944 pp., 428 col. and 28 b. & w. illus., £150 hbkEye for Detail: Images of Plants and Animals in Art and Science 1500–1630, by Florike Egmond, London: Reaktion Books, 2017, 280 pp., 128 col. illus., £35 hbkIn her comprehensive essay introducing volume I of the long awaited and latest publication of the over seven thousand drawings known to have made up the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, Paula Findlen asks whether Cassiano (1588–1627) was a virtuoso who was also an active investigator or primarily a facilitator of others’ projects (39). As a young man at the University of Pisa, he had access to natural history collections (both botanical and mineral) that were already famous by the end of the sixteenth century. Subsequently he had the good fortune to enjoy the patronage of the Barberini family
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Published: Jan 1, 2018
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