DePaul Art Museum > Exhibitions > The Natural Order of Things: Visualizing Evolutionary Theory
In the modern world, botanical and zoological prints have become so commonplace that they are barely visible-a decorative cliché in motels and waiting rooms everywhere. It's easy to forget how beautiful the best of them are, and to forget, too, that they once served not merely as decoration, but also as important scientific tools. In fact, the development of the printing process and the accumulation of knowledge about plant and animal species went hand in hand for nearly four centuries. This exhibition considers how natural history printmaking also functions as a beautiful relic of scientific history.