Celestial Menagerie: Mixed Media Etchings by Tallmadge Doyle

November 4, 2010 - February 27, 2011

Constellations are an invention of the human imagination.

The constellation figures are symbolic, celestial allegories in which humans could honor and recognize sacred animals, deities, and moral tales. Throughout the centuries artists have depicted these groupings of stars, creating and recreating these creatures with various differences and similarities.

Tallmadge Doyle's etchings carry on an age-old tradition of storytelling that started with the Babylonians and Sumerians, passed on to the Egyptians and later to the Greeks and Romans.

The Raven Tallmadge Doyle

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