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Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Corn Snake

by Peter Ingle

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL SNAKE. It is so colorful and bright and well painted that you almost forget it’s a snake. Almost. One thing that makes you not forget is its characteristic way of moving in a series of long, muscular loops, which Catesby has captured perfectly. There is something particular about how snakes... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Wild Pine and Locusta Caroliniana

by Peter Ingle

A LARGE PART of Mark Catesby’s appeal is how his watercolors reveal and revel in the majesty of Nature. This is especially true of his paintings of flora which are typically brimming with life and movement. This simple rendering of a wild pine also shows how much Catesby was fascinated with the structural engineering... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Parrot of Carolina

by Peter Ingle

CATESBY OBVIOUSLY had a fond admiration for this “Small Parrot” of Carolina, which may be why this watercolor wins the prize for best combination of most beautiful and most pleasing to look at in this exhibit. But, why is it so satisfying? Why does it immediately make you happy? With Catesby, of course, there’s always... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | Ivory-billed woodpecker

by Peter Ingle

THIS GORGEOUS PORTRAIT of an ivory-billed woodpecker (now on display at the Gibbes) is one of the most compelling pieces in this exhibit. One reason for that may be because it is equally powerful and perplexing. Its power derives partly from the bird’s size, which dominates the full height and nearly half the width... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Black Snake

by Peter Ingle

THIS WATERCOLOR stands out in several ways. One way is how Catesby has the snake itself “standing” out, as though it has lifted one quarter of its body into the air—which I have never seen a black snake do in quite this manner. It could be that this was Catesby’s way of bringing to life... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Porgy

by Peter Ingle

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I usually find it hard looking at pictures of fish. The one on top here had also received a lot of press during promotion for the Gibbes exhibit, so I thought I had had enough of it. As I prowled the paintings, I could feel my reluctance to give it much time.... Read »

Mark Your Calendar for This Catesby Exhibit

by ChasToday

THE GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART will present a special exhibition of works by Mark Catesby titled Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas. The exhibition will run from May 12 – September 24 and will feature 44 watercolors by English artist, scientist, and explorer Mark Catesby, generously lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection.... Read »

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It is with life as it is with art: the deeper one penetrates, the broader the view.                   
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