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Books on butterflies

Books on butterflies

Books
I started purchasing books on butterflies when I was young. At the beginning very simple guides with no taxonomic-scientific interest and full of mistakes. Well, it did not matter to me I was just interested in beautiful drawings. I much prefer, I have always preferred books with illustrations than photographs, I find them so charming. In any case, photographs show the insects as they are in the real world, both prepared specimens and butterflies in their natural environment. As far as the European butterflies are concerned I have two classic field guides written by Tom Tolman and Lionel G. Higgins. These works have been published a number of times in different countries and are beautifully illustrated by Richard Levington and Brian Hargreaves. I have also, in my library, some books…
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Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo

Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo

Illustration, scale replicas
Since the publishing house ACCION PRESS was a real diaspora we need to mention that Carlos was there too. I had been there for a while when he joined our team. He worked for a few years as a modeller, as a member of a brilliant group which was the seed of the next Euro Modelismo magazine. Over the years he became the chief-editor of Panzer Aces mag. He knew how to reinvent himself and gradually stopped making models in scale but improved his digital illustration skills. Nowadays he mainly deals with illustrations and texts. His illustrations, focussing on military vehicles are currently published in books and magazines. As I was surrounded by all sort of people building and painting models in scale, I could find some moments of rest…
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Giovanna Garzoni

Giovanna Garzoni

Painting
Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670) was born in a family of craftsmen. Against all social conventions she was given a full artistic education and training. Her first recorded work a Holy Family is dated on 1616. She married the Venetian portraitist Tiberio Tinelli when she was 22 years old but they split up one year later. There would be no other love adventure in her life, no source of scandal. She was free so she decided to focus on her artistic vocation and this during her entire life. At that time, oil painting wasn’t an option for any woman so she was devoted to scientific illustration (animals and plants), calligraphy and miniatures, ‘all those things a honest woman can do at home’ according to this period customs and standards.  She looked for…
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