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The Beauty of Insects: Seeing Art in the Entomological World

The Beauty of Insects: Seeing Art in the Entomological World

Bringing together scientific entomology books and literary work, using colourful illustrations, fables and poetry about insects.

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About this exhibition

Beauty is not often the word that springs to mind when people think of insects. But they have for a long time been the centre of interest for artists and scientists alike. From enormous entomology books with elaborate illustrations, to poems and fables dedicated to their behaviours, insects have been a source of inspiration in both science and art.

'The Beauty of Insects: Seeing Art in the Entomological World' brings together scientific entomology books and literary work, using colourful illustrations, fables and poetry about these small creatures. It aims to show that insects can be appreciated for their beauty, and that science and art are not complete opposites, as they often coexist.

The exhibition is in collaboration with the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN), where the students have also curated the exhibition ‘The Beauty of Plant Science: Seeing Art in Botany’, on display in the Library at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Location and dates

Level 2, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University
From August 2019

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