Audubon The Famous Illustrator
Listen to part of a lecture in an art history class. The professor has been discussing illustrated books.
- What does the professor mainly discuss?
- A. The steps involved in publishing illustrated books in the 1800s
- B. The influence of Audubon’s The Birds of America on science in the 1800s
- C. The way in which an illustrator’s work has both artistic and scientific significance
- D. The need for accuracy in scientific illustrations
- According to the professor, what were two steps Audubon took in producing his illustrations?
[CHOOSE 2 ANSWERS]
- A. He studied birds in their natural habitats.
- B. He tracked birds along their migration paths.
- C. He closely studied other illustrated books.
- D. He provided the printer with detailed instructions.
- What does the professor imply about critics of Audubon’s art?
- A. They did not recognize the motivating factor in Audubon’s art.
- B. They did not like the stylistic changes that Audubon developed over time.
- C. They were disappointed with Audubon’s limited scope of subject matter.
- D. They thought Audubon’s use of oils was unsophisticated.
- Why does the professor discuss Audubon’s experiments with vultures and banding birds?
- A. To help students understand the state of scientific knowledge at the time
- B. To provide support for his view of Audubon as a naturalist
- C. To suggest that Audubon was more successful as a scientist than as an illustrator
- D. To give examples that show the importance of detail in Audubon’s illustrations
- What are Audubon’s “mystery birds”?
- A. Bird illustrations created by Audubon that have been lost
- B. Bird illustrations that do not seem to match any known species
- C. Bird illustrations that were painted in an uncharacteristically careless manner
- D. Bird illustrations that Audubon intended to be fanciful rather than realistic
- What does the professor believe is the most likely explanation for Audubon’s warbler illustration?
- A. Audubon forgot small details when he made the illustration.
- B. Audubon copied the bird from another artist’s drawing.
- C. The bird was the offspring of two different species.
- D. That particular species of warbler has since gone extinct.
C AD A B B C