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By Nina J P Evans

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Lovley Birds for Inspiration

One of the benefits of being a student is the opportunity of seeing the different interpretations of a project/subject explored. I remember the art crits as being a kind of bittersweet experience. Fantastic seeing all this stuff on the walls, but feeling vulnerable, allowing your piece to be surrounded; of course now I miss all that excitement terribly! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has taken this idea to showcase artist’s works online. At the Met these pieces are situated in different gallery spaces. However, online it’s possible to see these works thematically, here’s some lovely birds for inspiration. What a lovely idea, this is exactly how online galleries can really work!

The Conference of the Birds: (Iran) Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr 
Pendant - Tridacna shell (Maybe from Malaita Island, 19th century) 
A Lyre Bird (French, 1821–1868) by Charles Meryon

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