From the moment Europeans were introduced to the birds of paradise in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was recognized and commemorated in the first name that they were given -- birds so beautiful they must be from paradise. Still very rarely encountered, even in their natural habitat of New Guinea, they elicit sheer awe in those who are lucky enough to see them.
Drawn From Paradise will showcase the magnificence and beauty of the birds of paradise with more than two hundred hand-painted images and sketches by the men who originally studied them as well as luminary artists such as Jacques Barraband, William Hart, John Gould, Rubens and Breughel, to name a few. The art comes from the authors' private collections which has been rarely, if ever, published. It not only features the beautiful Greater Bird of Paradise -- a bird that was originally believed to have been sent from Paradise, and was thought to never touch the earth -- but also forty other distinct species, each representing amazing differences in size, shape, and color patterning between males and females.
A tour through art and history, with a good deal of ornithology thrown in, Drawn From Paradise is not only a must-have for ornithologists and bird-watchers, but also a beautiful collectible for students, artists, and aesthetes.