Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Darwin and art

I continue to be proven wrong in my claim early in the term that Darwin had little or no influence on art. This week's Nature contains a review of an exhibition on the response of artists to Darwin's ideas. Darwin: Art and the Search for Origins is running at the Shirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. Above is Monkey Before a Skeleton by Gabriel von Max (1840-1915), one of the artists featured in the exhibition. von Max was a convinced Darwinist and a prolific zoological collector.

I hate it when Nature runs reviews of things that I can't go to see. Sigh. I miss living in London...

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