Everything Under the Sun:
New Photographs of Academy Specimens by Rosamond Purcell

photo by Rosamund Purcell of wolf skull in a box.

March 3–May 20, 2012

Photographer Rosamond Purcell captures the extraordinary nature of everyday objects. A world-renowned Boston artist and author who has photographed natural history and anatomical collections for years, Purcell was the official photographer for the new book A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science (University of Pennsylvania Press, April 2012) by Robert M. Peck and Patricia Tyson Stroud. In this exhibit, Purcell presents a selection of the book’s stunning color photographs that depict some of the amazing specimens in the Academy’s vast collections. Purcell shot all of the objects in natural light, and her artistry reveals hidden wonders.

Everything Under the Sun is located in the Art of Science Gallery, which features changing displays of works of art that explore the interplay between science and art.

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