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Purcell, Rosamond Wolff

Overview
Works: 52 works in 146 publications in 3 languages and 5,080 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  History  Illustrated works  Popular works  Anecdotes  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Catalogs  Interviews  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Photographer, Artist, Illustrator, Editor, Other
Classifications: TR654, 779.0924
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Egg & nest by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The beauty of the robin's egg is not lost on the child who discovers the nest, nor on the collector of nature's marvels. Such instances of wonder find fitting expression in the photographs of Rosamond Purcell, whose work captures the intricacy of nests and the aesthetic perfection of bird eggs. Mining the ornithological treasures of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Purcell produces pictures as lovely and various as the artifacts she photographs. The dusky blue egg of an Emu becomes a planet. A woodpecker's nest bears an uncanny resemblance to a wooden shoe. A resourceful Rock Dove weaves together scrap metal and spent fireworks. A dreamscape of dancing monkeys emerges from the calligraphic markings of a murre egg." "Alongside Purcell's photographs, Linnea S. Hall and Rene Corado offer an engaging history of egg collecting, the provenance of the specimens in the photographs, and the biology, conservation, and ecology of the birds that produced them. They highlight the scientific value that eggs and nests hold for understanding and conserving birds in the wild, as well as the aesthetic charge they carry for us."--Jacket
Crossing over : where art and science meet by Stephen Jay Gould( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work, the third collaboration between scholar Stephen Jay Gould and artist Rosamond Wolff Purcell, brings together thought-provoking essays and photographs to disprove the popular notion that art and science exist in an antagonistic relationship. The essays and photographs collected here present art and science in conversation, rather than in opposition. As Gould writes in his preface, although the two disciplines may usually communicate in different dialects, when juxtaposed they strikingly reflect upon and enhance one another. Working together, Purcell's photographs and Gould's scientific musings speak to us about ourselves and our world in a hybrid language richer than either could command on its own. In an essay on individuality, for instance, Gould looks through the lens of evolutionary theory to address the controversial issue of cloning and the often misguided fears it evokes. As a society that exalts the concept of the individual, Gould argues, we sometimes fail to recognize that clones walk among us. Identical twins represent "the greatest of all challenges to our concept of individuality." Rosamond Purcell's photograph depicting the famous Siamese conjoined twins Eng and Chang conveys an eerie feeling that cannot be captured in words
Finders, keepers : eight collectors by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book for those with a craving for beauty, knowledge, and a fascination with the unusual
Illuminations : a bestiary by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swift as a shadow : extinct and endangered animals by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A glorious enterprise : the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the making of American science by Robert McCracken Peck( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This history of the Academy tells the story of the men and women who endeavored to acquire and disseminate knowledge about the natural world
Special cases : natural anomalies and historical monsters by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suspended animation by F Gonzalez-Crussi( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A matter of time by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

5 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Object lessons : the visualisation of nineteenth-century life sciences by George Loudon( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering a unique perspective on the intersection of art and science, the historic curiosities in this collection reveal their creators' remarkable capacity for artistic expression. Assembling nearly 200 pieces from the collection of George Loudon, the volume encompasses a vast assortment of objects relating to nineteenth-century life sciences. Originally designed to capture the complex structures of nature, they range from books and illustrations to botanical specimens and anatomical models. Having lost most of their original pedagogical function over time, the objects are now open for contemporary reappraisal; acquiring new values that can inspire, seduce and even disorientate today's viewer. Alongside new photography by Rosamond Purcell, explanatory texts on the objects by Loudon, an essay by Robert McCracken Peck, and a conversation between Loudon and Lynne Cooke together offer insight into the objects' original context and potential for new perspectives
An art that nature makes : the work of Rosamond Purcell( Visual )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over twenty published books, and has attracted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris, and Stephen Jay Gould. Here, Purcell's fascination with the natural world is detailed, offering insight into her unique way of re-contextualizing objects both ordinary and strange
Dice : deception, fate & rotten luck by Ricky Jay( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jay rolls the history of dice in this entertaining and informative volume that takes readers from the earliest forms made from animal hooves, to those made from ivory, celluloid, and plastic. He also charts the infamous players of history, accompanied by Purcell's seductive photos. 13 photos
Life breaks in : a mood almanack by Mary Cappello( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Exciting or Opiatic Effect of Certain Words -- Arrangement for Voice and Interiors -- Sonorous Envelopes -- Acknowledgments -- Notes and Sources -- Playlist of Music or Sound Works (With Links to YouTube Recordings) -- Photo Credits and Content Descriptions -- Index
Aldwyth : work v./work n. : collage and assemblage 1991-2009 by Aldwyth( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Landscapes of the passing strange : reflections from Shakespeare by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Re]Imagining science by Christoph Irmscher( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dice : deception and destruction by Ricky Jay( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Specimens of hair : the curious collection of Peter A. Browne by Robert McCracken Peck( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fifty years before Charles Darwin revolutionized understanding of the descent of man, Browne vigorously collected for study what he called the "pile" (from the Latin word for hair, pilus) of as wide a variety of humans (and animals) as possible in his quest to account for the differences and similarities between groups of humans. The result of his diligent, obsessive work is a fastidious, artfully assembled twelve-volume archive of mammalian diversity. Browne's growing quest for knowledge became an all-consuming specimen-collecting passion. By the time of his death in 1860, Browne had assembled samples from innumerable wild and domestic animals, as well as the largest known study collection of human hair. He obtained hair from people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life: artists, scientists, abolitionist ministers, -doctors, writers, politicians, financiers, and military -leaders, and even prisoners, sideshow -performers, and lunatics. His crowning achievement was a gathering of hair from each of the first fourteen presidents of the United States. The pages of his albums, some spare, some ornately decorated, many printed ducit amor patriae--patriotism leads me--are distinctly idiosyncratic, captivating, and powerfully evocative of a vanished world. Browne's albums have been sequestered in the archives of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia to which Brown bequeathed them, narrowly escaping destruction in the 1970s. They are a unique manifestation of the avid collecting instinct in nineteenth-century scientific endeavors to explain the mysteries of the natural world"--
Hidden wonders 1991 : an engagement calendar featuring the Pacific collections of Bishop Museum by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medea and her sisters : Leonard Baskin's images of women by Rosamond Wolff Purcell( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Egg & nest
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Crossing over : where art and science meetFinders, keepers : eight collectorsSwift as a shadow : extinct and endangered animalsSpecial cases : natural anomalies and historical monstersSuspended animationDice : deception, fate & rotten luckAldwyth : work v./work n. : collage and assemblage 1991-2009Landscapes of the passing strange : reflections from ShakespeareDice : deception and destruction
Alternative Names
Purcell Rosamond

Purcell Rosamond 1942-....

Purcell, Rosamond W.

Purcell, Rosamond W. 1942-

Purcell, Rosamond Wolff

Rosamond Purcell

Rosamond W. Purcell American, born 1942; artist

Rosamond W. Purcell Amerikaans kunstenaar

Rosamond Wolff Purcell

Wolff Purcell, Rosamond

Wolff Purcell, Rosamond 1942-

Languages
English (108)

Spanish (4)

French (1)