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Author Matternes, Jay H., artist.

Title Visions of lost worlds : the paleoart of Jay Matternes / [edited by] Matthew T. Carrano and Kirk R. Johnson, National Museum of Natural History ; illustrated by Jay Matternes.

Publication Info. Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2019]


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 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  560.222 MAT    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description 230 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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Summary "A lavish showcase of paleoartist Jay Matternes's spectacular murals and sketches. For half a century, the artwork of Jay Matternes adorned the fossil halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Most prominent among his work was a set of immense murals documenting the story of mammal evolution over the past 56 million years. Matternes also worked with sculptor Neal Deaton to construct three dioramas showing environments from each of the major time periods of the Mesozoic Era. These treasured Matternes murals and dioramas are significant works of one of the most influential paleoartists in history. Simultaneously epic in size and scope and minutely detailed, they also provide a window into the study and interpretation of vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology. Visions of Lost Worlds presents these unparalleled works of art, and also includes the sketches and drawings Matternes prepared as he planned the murals. Known for his technical genius and eye for detail, Matternes sketched from skeletons in museum collections and added muscle, skin, and fur to bring mammals and dinosaurs from prehistory to vivid life. This book offers a close look at these works of art, a peek inside the artist's process, and an examination of the works' impact and legacy"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 227) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Alaskan mammoth steppe : late Pleistocene -- Idaho riverbank : late Pliocene -- Great Plains grassland : middle-late Miocene -- Nebraska savannah : late Oligocene-early Miocene -- Rocky Mountain floodplain : late Eocene -- Wyoming rainforest : early-middle Eocene -- Mesozoic dioramas : late Cretaceous, late Jurassic, and late Triassic-early Jurassic -- Epilogue.
Subject Paleoart.
Paleontology -- Mesozoic.
Dinosaurs in art.
Mammals in art.
Prehistoric animals in art.
Mammals -- Evolution.
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) -- Exhibitions -- History.
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) -- Exhibitions -- Pictorial works.
Diorama -- Washington (D.C.) -- Pictorial works.
Added Author Carrano, Matthew T., editor.
Johnson, Kirk R., editor.
Smithsonian Institution, issuing body.
ISBN 9781588346674 (hardback)
1588346676 (hardback)

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