Flying fish in the dolphin and tuna diorama, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
“Drawing of proposed African Hall, 1925”
For more images from the archives, browse the Picturing the Museum collection.
Before the Andros coral reef diorama was installed in the Museum’s Hall of Ocean Life, scientists and artists did extensive research in the field. Artists even used waterproof paints to draw and document the underwater scene.
See footage from the 1930s in the latest DIORAMA video from PBS Digital Studios.
Learn to fold an origami whale…and have some fun while you’re at it.
Don’t miss the Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree, on view through this Sunday, January 12.
In today’s peek into the archives, Raymond Potter mounts a Bird of Paradise (1945).
Learn more about the bird habitat dioramas and the history of ornithology at the Museum in a new video series.
Long before sophisticated wildlife photography, artists in the field captured the color and movement of birds for the background paintings of the Museum’s dioramas. Similarly, bird taxidermists studied their subjects’ anatomy and behavior to achieve a natural effect, most dramatically in flight.
Here, long-time exhibition artist Stephen C. Quinn explores the work of painters Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Francis Lee Jacques and taxidermist David Schwendeman.
Here’s Tuesday’s peek into the archives:
A mold for casting a clay model of Titanotherium, 1914
See the original here.
Inspired by The Power of Poison, this year’s Origami Tree features a collection of nearly 800 wicked, wild, and wonderful origami models, including this cobra.
Fun fact: doctors are testing the venom of the India monocellate cobra (Naja kaouthia) for use against arthritis. It has been used as a traditional remedy against the ailment for thousands of years.
See more amazing models here.
In today’s peek into the archives, Dwight Franklin models a bullfrog (1911).