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John James Audubon, Part 1
John James Audubon

John James Audubon, Part 1

Art & Collection Exhibitions Library
In September, Crystal Bridges will exhibit an oil painting by John James Audubon, created in 1826 while the artist was in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The painting depicts a family of wild…
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Asher B. Durand's "Kindred Spirits"
Asher B. Durand, Kindred Spirits

Asher B. Durand's "Kindred Spirits"

Art & Collection Library

Durand was among the co-founders of the New York Drawing Association (later the National Academy of Design), and served as president of the institution for 16 years, beginning in 1845.…

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The Portfolios of Frank Lloyd Wright
Sijistan House for John Nesbit

The Portfolios of Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture Library Volunteer Spotlight

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Kirk Dandridge, Jr., MD.  Kirk is a retired surgeon and a current architecture buff and volunteer in Crystal Bridges’ Library.  In…

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Celebrating Holiday Illustrations
The Illuminated Christian Year

Celebrating Holiday Illustrations

Library

I am often surprised to run across lovely illustrations of the holiday season in books and other Crystal Bridges’ library materials.  On the other hand, it really isn’t that unusual…

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Karl Bodmer’s Adventures During the 1833/34 Upper-Missouri Expedition, Part I
Karl Bodmer The Steamer Yellow Stone on the 19th April 1833

Karl Bodmer’s Adventures During the 1833/34 Upper-Missouri Expedition, Part I

Art & Collection Exhibitions Library

Part I:  The Trip Out One of the most recent changes in Crystal Bridges’ Early Nineteenth-Century Gallery is the new exhibition of Karl Bodmer’s hand-colored aquatint prints. While the previous…

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Birds, Part IV: Young Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library
The Hen. The Child's Illustrated Book of Natural History.

Birds, Part IV: Young Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library

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Another truly charming genre in our nineteenth-century American color plate collection is children’s books. Bird, mammal, and reptile illustrations in children’s books were a method of natural history instruction. For…
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Birds, Part III: Birds of a Feather... in the Crystal Bridges Library
Drawing of bird with red head, blue upper body, white under belly, black and white lower body, and black tail feathers

Birds, Part III: Birds of a Feather... in the Crystal Bridges Library

Art & Collection Library

There are so many bird illustration publications that I’ll first list, along with a few images, those works which, along with Wilson and Audubon, made significant contributions to ornithology illustration:…

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Birds, Part II: Big Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library
Drawing of Maryland Yellow Throat

Birds, Part II: Big Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library

Art & Collection Library

This is the second of the Bird blogs. It’s a way to introduce you, our Museum community, to the Library’s wonderful collection of nineteenth-century American color-plate ornithology books. I call…

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Birds, Part I: Early Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library
Drawings of Wood Thrush

Birds, Part I: Early Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library

Art & Collection Library

One of the most enjoyable aspects as Library Director at Crystal Bridges is learning about and sharing our amazing nineteenth-century color-plate book collection with guests. I often talk about the…

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Books about Art & Nature
A color plate from Catesby's Hortus Europae Americanus: Collection of 85 Curious Trees and Shrubs

Books about Art & Nature

Art & Collection Library

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Our unique mission…

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