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Spanish School, Late 17th Century
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Spanish School, Late 17th Century

Natura Harmona - A concert of American bird species before a waterfall around a celestial globe; and Natura Garula - A concert of American birds before a fountain

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Spanish School, Late 17th Century
Natura Harmona - A concert of American bird species before a waterfall around a celestial globe; and Natura Garula - A concert of American birds before a fountain
the first inscribed 'Natura. Harmona' (on a scroll lower centre); the second inscribed 'Natura Garula' (on a scroll lower left)
oil on canvas
41 x 59 in. (104.1 x 149.8 cm.); and 41 x 57 ½ in. (104.1 x 146 cm.)
(2)in hand carved wooden frames
a pair
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This unusual pair of 17th century Spanish paintings of birds of the Americas are all the more impressive considering the artist must have been most industrious in their production - having presumably never seen many of the species in their native environment and having to complete the work using descriptions and bird skins. ‘Natura Harmona’ on the left depicts 'harmonious' species, predominantly North American and including: Flickers, Mourning Doves, American Robins and Oropendolas. The second in the pair showing noisier more 'garrulous' birds mainly of the parrot family and of South American origin including: the Scarlet and Green and Red Macaws, the Conure, the Jay, the Magpie and a Royal Mexican Flycatcher (upper right).
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