Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts
Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300148268, 344pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2009
Jane Munro is Senior Assistant Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints, Fitzwilliam Museum.
"A major achievement. . . . An extravagant celebration of sense and sensation."—Edward Rothstein, New York Times
“As this ambitious and generously illustrated study shows, Darwin’s theories unleashed a spate of artistic activity in depicting humankind and the glories of the human world. A veritable ethnographic museum in a book.” — The Times
"Lavishly produced. . . . Much more than a catalogue. It offers thoughtful explorations of many of the ideas provocatively raised by the displays themselves."—Harriet Ritvo, Science
"[Not] the first to consider the reception of Darwin within the visual arts, but . . . offers a more sustained and wide-ranging exploration of the topic than has emerged in scholarship to date. . . . Every essay in Endless Forms is captivating and contains significant historical and conceptual insights, The richness and breadth of the [volume is] impressive. . . . Yield[s] a fascinating and rigorously documented portrait of the art and visual culture of Darwin''s era and beyond. . . . A major accomplishment, among others, of Endless Forms is its illumination of the intellectual interest and significance of animal painting."—Rachael Z. Delue, Art Bulletin
-Rachael Z. Delue