|Phoenix, the Bird of Life, Igor Paley|
|Japanese Bird Painting, |
|Roseate Spoonbill, John James Audubon|
|Egyptian wood falcon sculpture |
representing Horus, ca. 945 B.C.
|A 1st-century BC. Roman mosaic depiction of birds |
(and their mortal enemy, bottom, right).
The Romans didn't paint birds, or model them, but their mosaics (above) were rich in a avid appreciation of avian art. Also, like the United States today, the Romans chose the same powerful bird as their national symbol. Moreover, as with virtually every other creature in the animal kingdom, birds have found their way into both ancient and modern folklore, everything from Igor Paley's expressionist Phoenix (top) to Fritz Freleng's 1947 Tweety Pie (right). Artists M.C. Escher (below, right) has used the bird's streamline shape juxtaposed with the similarly streamlined fish on several occasions to tessellate into fascinating designs. Opposite Escher harmonious grace, Donald Gialanella has chosen to depict in scrap steel the clumsy movements of his "pet" Dodo (below).
|Metamorphosis--Fish and Birds, |
1938, M.C. Escher's
|Dodo, Donald Gialanella,|
|Drippy Bird, Rich Johnson|
|Richard Johnson's watercolor penguin painting|
|Vera Cauwenberghs' Macaws|