Still Life

Still Life

Author: Melissa Milgrom

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547487052

Category: Social Science

Page: 305

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After her curiosity is piqued by a safari gone awry, a journalist delves into the curious world of taxidermy and shares her findings. It’s easy to dismiss taxidermy as a kitschy or morbid sideline, the realm of trophy fish and jackalopes or an anachronistic throwback to the dusty diorama. Yet theirs is a world of intrepid hunter-explorers, eccentric naturalists, and gifted museum artisans, all devoted to the paradoxical pursuit of creating the illusion of life. Into this subculture of passionate animal-lovers ventures journalist Melissa Milgrom, whose journey stretches from the anachronistic family workshop of the last chief taxidermist for the American Museum of Natural History to the studio where an English sculptor, granddaughter of a surrealist artist, preserves the animals for Damien Hirst’s most disturbing artworks. She wanders through Mr. Potter’s Museum of Curiosities in the final days of its existence to watch dealers vie for preserved Victorian oddities, and visits the Smithsonian’s offsite lab, where taxidermists transform zoo skins into vivacious beasts. She tags along with a Canadian bear trapper and former Roy Orbison impersonator—the three-time World Taxidermy Champion—as he resurrects an extinct Irish elk using DNA studies and Paleolithic cave art for reference; she even ultimately picks up a scalpel and stuffs her own squirrel. Transformed from a curious onlooker to an empathetic participant, Milgrom takes us deep into the world of taxidermy and reveals its uncanny appeal. “Hilarious but respectful.” —Washington Post “Engrossing.” —New Yorker “[A] delightful debut . . . Milgrom has in Still Life opened up a whole world to readers.” —Chicago Tribune “Milgrom’s lively account will appeal to readers who enjoyed Mary Roach’s quirky science books.” —Library Journal
Still Life
Language: en
Pages: 305
Authors: Melissa Milgrom
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02-14 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

After her curiosity is piqued by a safari gone awry, a journalist delves into the curious world of taxidermy and shares her findings. It’s easy to dismiss taxidermy as a kitschy or morbid sideline, the realm of trophy fish and jackalopes or an anachronistic throwback to the dusty diorama. Yet
Szenerien und Illusion
Language: de
Pages: 471
Authors: Alexander Gall, Helmuth Trischler
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-30 - Publisher: Wallstein Verlag

Am Beispiel des Deutschen Museums in München wird erstmalig die Geschichte von Dioramen untersucht. Das Diorama als illusionistische Inszenierung dient oft dazu, einen Kontext für Ausstellungsobjekte herzustellen. Dieser Band beleuchtet den überraschend großen Variantenreichtum dioramatischer Formen erstmals spartenübergreifend: Die Autorinnen und Autoren analysieren nicht nur ihre lange Geschichte anhand bekannter
A Day in a Working Life: 300 Trades and Professions through History [3 volumes]
Language: en
Pages: 1373
Authors: Gary Westfahl
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-21 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Ideal for high school and college students studying history through the everyday lives of men and women, this book offers intriguing information about the jobs that people have held, from ancient times to the 21st century. • Provides detailed, interesting essays describing more than 300 professions and occupations across a
Displaying Death and Animating Life
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Jane C. Desmond
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-08-18 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The number of ways in which humans interact with animals is almost incalculable. From beloved household pets to the steak on our dinner tables, the fur in our closets to the Babar books on our shelves, taxidermy exhibits to local zoos, humans have complex, deep, and dependent relationships with the
Taxidermy Art
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Robert Marbury
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-23 - Publisher: Artisan Books

In this collection of taxidermy art, you’ll find a winged monkey with a fez and a martini glass, a jewel-encrusted piglet, a bionic fawn, and a polar bear balancing on a floating refrigerator. Author Robert Marbury makes for a friendly (and often funny) guide, addressing the three big questions people