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The Enlightenment

1685 — 1815

Dare to Know

The renaissance and its enormous output of art, writing, and inquiry, inevitably led to the Age of Enlightenment. The discovery that the world was round and not flat, that the earth was not the center of the universe and the radical shift in religious beliefs because of the reformation lead to an age of questioning the church's beliefs and teachings. Reason and rational thought were its ideals. What is truth? Can it be studied, measured, poked & prodded — can it be revealed through thinking, study, dissection, measurement, rather than scripture and a high priest? It was the mathematician, the philosopher and the printing press that drove this movement.

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Death of Constantine

1623-1625

Metamorphosis of a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1679

Fiding of Moses

1685-1689

Heron Encircled by a Snake

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1700

Black Tegu Lizard

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1700

Tulip, two Branches of Myrtle and two Shells

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1700

Floral Wreath with Insects

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1700

Citron with Monkey Slug Moth and Harlequin Beetle

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1702-1703

Branch of Genipapo with Long-Horned Beetle

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1702-1703

Tropical White Morning Glory with two beetles

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1702-1703

Branch of West Indian Cherry with Achilles Morpho Butterfly

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1702-1703

Turk's Cap Lily

Maria Sibylla Merian, 1705

The Alchemist

Joseph Wright of Derby, 1771

Snowy Owl

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Summer Red Bird

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Warbling Flycatcher

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Side View of the Skull of Toxodon

Charles Darwin, 1838

Arctic Tern

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

American Flamingo

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Bonapartian Gull

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Iceland, or Jer Falcon

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Top View of the Skull of Toxodon

Charles Darwin, 1838

Long-tailed, or Dusky Grous

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Puffin

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

Geological observations on South America — Plate 1

Charles Darwin, 1846

Geological observations on South America — Plate 2

Charles Darwin, 1846

Geological observations on South America — Plate 3

Charles Darwin, 1846

Crater of Vesuvius

James Nasmyth, 1864

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 85: Ascidiacea

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, 99: Trochilidae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 68: Batrachia

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 71: Stephoidea

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 96: Chaetopoda

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 43: Nudibranchia

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 78: Cubomedusae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 58: Hexacoralla

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 58: Tineida

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 28: Discomedusae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 6: Tubulariae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 83: Lichenes

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 79: Lacertilia

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 62: Nepenthaceae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 72: Muscinae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 74: Orchidae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 49: Actiniae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904

Art Forms in Nature, Plate 17: Siphonophorae

Ernst Haeckel, 1904
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