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  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810984792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810984790
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 11.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Milner’s award-winning books include The Encyclopedia of Evolution (1990), Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z (2009), and The Last Human (2007). A longtime editor of Natural History magazine, he is a frequent contributor to top science journals, and has appeared on the History Channel, Animal Planet, Nova, BBC Two, and the Discovery Channel. Rhoda Knight Kalt contributes a warm introduction about her beloved grandfather.


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This is a great book to study from if you are needing inspiration and reference as an artist.
Emily Rose Atkins
Richard Milner's valuable new study is filled with strikingly beautiful examples of Charles Knight's art and reminds us of the power of this brilliant artist.
W. Andrew Terrill
He even recognized a sculpture of a tiger in the museum only to point it out to me later in our book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott Wyatt on February 22, 2012
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I was a young child when Charles R. Knight passed away and I wish I had been able to let him know how greatly his beautifully rendered images affected me. I ended up majoring in Zoology and fossils can be found in most rooms of my house. I have never been to New York to see their collection of his paintings at the American Museum of Natural History but I have visited the Field Museum in Chicago several times and have several prints I obtained from that institution hanging in my living room. This volume contains beautifully reproduced images of his works, often accompanied by his own words from his several volumes of published non-fiction. This book does not contain all of his exhibited work but does include a substantial number of previously unpublished art as well as many of his iconic works. Highly recommended!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Andrew Terrill on February 17, 2012
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It is not unusual for reflective people to be moved by beautiful and exciting art. I often travel to New York, and I have never failed to be moved by the murals of Charles Knight at the American Museum of Natural History. Richard Milner's valuable new study is filled with strikingly beautiful examples of Charles Knight's art and reminds us of the power of this brilliant artist. Knight's renderings of living and prehistoric animals comprise an important contribution to science and the popular imagination. In particular, Knight's interactions with paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope allowed him to create art that helped introduce the public to the prehistoric world. Milner's book underscores Knight's willingness to recreate entire lost worlds rather than simply specialize in a few species. It also shows the pervasiveness of his influence on popular views of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. While Knight's work no longer reflects the most current theories on dinosaur posture and behavior, it is still strikingly realistic. Additionally, to enjoy this book even further you might wish to view the pbs American Experience program "Dinosaur Wars," about the feud between Cope and O.C. Marsh. American Experience: Dinosaur Wars W. Andrew Terrill, Ph.D.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By knight fan on April 3, 2012
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Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through TimeThis is a stunningly beautiful book that spans the entire range of the nature artist Charles R. Knight, who basically formed our notions of what the prehistoric world was like at all periods in the remote past. Largely in Knight's own words, taken from letters, journal entries and his amazingly eloquent books, Richard Milner, Charles Darwin's own modern alter ego, has created a haunting evocation of Knight's life work, including his trials and tribulations as well as his artistic achievements. Lavishly and punctiliously illustrated to show the entire range of Knight's phenomenal output, this lovely book is a worthy tribute to an unparalleled artistic career.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Tucker VINE VOICE on April 20, 2012
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As a child seeing the murals of Charles Knight in our encyclopedias, reproduced in small black and white photos, gave the illusion of the images being photographs of a time long gone.
This collection is a tribute to artist's meticulous craft and wondrous sweep of knowledge and creativity. It's worth just the images alone but author Richard Milner also provides rich insight into the artist, his method and his muse. We are given a tour of Knight's career from early sketches to master pieces and instructions to new artists with a hankering to articulate the wild things in life.
Charles Knight was not just an artist but also a chronicler of his time and the evolution of the paleontological sciences. We see the visual gold rush of innovative and thorough studies that gave more and more clarity into the time long before we first picked up a charred stick as a stylus and started rendering on smooth rock walls.
We also see his passion for drawing and painting all the wildlife his world had to offer like elephants, tigers, birds and the landscape they inhabited, rendered beautifully and full of the life that supported these magnificent creatures.
In short, Charles Knight wove the tapestry that is our world and the life within it, as well as the lives we'll never witness but still rendered large and vitally by the artist's hands.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By amie's slipper on April 18, 2012
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This is a gorgeous book in every way. The quality of the pictures is superb and it's also an art book that's great to read. It's well written both with new anecdotes about Knight, images I'd never seen before, and a myriad of interesting information about the people and happenings of his time. I would say it's a great purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Prentice on April 9, 2012
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For any of those children with fond memories of the Knight murals at the AMNH, this book offers so much more to the grown-up reader. Knight was an artist with many talents who contributed so much more than paintings of prehistoric times. I especially love his tiger portraits. The book balances pictures and text very well, with the pictures always taking pride of place. The text is interesting and both critical and affectionate; the introduction by Knight's granddaughter is very moving. the quality of the book's production make it a pleasure to hold and to read. It's also a wonderful gift for the reader who may think they have everything, because the subject and much of the art are newly displayed here. Highly recommended.
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