Dutch School Dronte

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Dronte, Dutch School, 17th Century

I don’t care much for auction, unless is something really impressive, like the image above: A dodo. Yes, a dodo, but not a regular dodo image, a dodo watercolour from the Dutch School. The Dutch, the same people that colonized Mauritius, and a drawing is from the 17th Century, which means that the chances of that painting had a real dodo as a model were pretty high.


Upper Deck Dodo

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Baby Tiger and Dodo

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Big Baby Tiger and Dodo Detail

Mini Baby Tiger and Dodo

Detail from Big Baby Tiger and Dodo, and Mini Baby Tiger and Dodo, both by Heather, aka littlecabbage on Flickr.

One more dodo painting

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Dodo painting

Dodo painting from Le blog de Posuto. I have no idea about who is the author of this painting.

Savery’s Dodo in a Landscape

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Artefact of the month – July from the Zoological Society of London:

Savery’s Dodo in a Landscape

Savery’s Dodo in a Landscape with birds and animals by Roelandt Savery, circa 1629

Dodo in a Landscape with birds and animals by Roelandt Savery

It is thought Savery actually saw the dodo alive, the bird having been brought from its native habitat Mauritius to Prince Maurice of Nassau’s menagerie before it became extinct in the 1690s.

This is one of the few authentic pictures of the bird in life and very unusually Savery has painted a rear view of the bird in this painting.

Several of Savery’s other paintings also include the dodo in more conventional positions from which most later paintings of the dodo are derived. Only a few paintings of the dodo from life are known to exist. A key to the identification of the 21 other birds in the painting, prepared by Peter Olney, is available in the ZSL Library.

The ZSL painting is thought to date from c1629 and exemplifies the range of exotic birds in captivity in Europe in the early-17th century, as at least 18 different species have been identified.

Prize Thimble

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Prize Thimble

Prize Thimble (2004) from Wonderland series by Polixeni Papapetrou. (via Hugo Strikes Back)

Baiting the Dodo

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Baiting the Dodo

Baiting the Dodo painting from the Parables series by Susan Marie Brundage.

Paysage avec oiseaux

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Paysage avec oiseaux

Paysage avec oiseaux (1628) by the Flemish painter Roelandt Savery.

The new home of the Dodos

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Reunion Dodo and other birds

This is the new home of The Dodo Blog and I hope you enjoy. Please update your links to http://www.dodo.blog.br and your feed subscriptions to this one and this one, if you want to subscribe to the comments .

I made a few changes in the original template and in the CSS, got more plugins to this WordPress installation, added more links to organizations and imported all the entries, images and comments. Don’t worry. The old address will still working, but the main page will be redirect to this one.

I have tons of dodo things to blog here, books about dodos to review and new things to discover. If you have a blog about birds, nature or endangered species, let me know to link. I don’t do link exchange but I would be glad to link to non-profit organization like those. For now that all.

And to celebrate the new dodo homes, one of the new images in the English dodo article at Wikipedia: Reunion Dodo and other birds by Dutch artist Pieter Withoos.

Dodo by Brenda Hall

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Dodo Bird by Brenda Hall

Dodo Bird by Gallery North