Rubens and the bird of paradise. Painting natural knowledge in the early seventeenth century

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleRubens and the bird of paradise. Painting natural knowledge in the early seventeenth century Author(S)José Ramon Marcaida (Author)
Abstract  This paper explores the interconnections between early modern natural history and European visual culture by focusing on the representation of a single motif, the bird of paradise, in one of Peter Paul Rubens's most celebrated paintings: the Adoration of the Magi (1609; 1628–29), now in the collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Portrayed as an aigrette in the Black Magus's headwear, the bird of paradise is interpreted as a symbol of exoticism and geographical diversity, in a painting of unmistakable Counter-Reformist facture, produced in a context of tense religious and political disputes and conflicting commercial interests. ...Paginationp 112–127
SubjectEurope -- HistoryDescriptorsRenaissance
Journal TitleRenaissance studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies  
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