The Art of Science

The Art of Science
By Rebecca Priestley
Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington, 2011

In the 1970s Charles Fleming decided that the Royal Society of New Zealand should line its walls with portraits of all of its past presidents. He commissioned some of New Zealand’s top portrait artists – including Bill Sutton, Garth Tapper and Valerie Beere –  to paint portraits of the men who led the Royal Society of New Zealand, among whom were geologists, chemists, botanists and ethnologists. The project continues today and the collection now includes portraits of 47 of New Zealand’s most important, inspiring and accomplished scientists, and showcases the work of some of our best portrait artists. Written in a lively and accessible style by award-winning science writer Rebecca Priestley, this book, published to accompany The Art of Science exhibition of 2011 to 2013, provides a brief overview of New Zealand science and scientists from 1867 to the present day.

Copies of The Art of Science are available for $12 from Faith Atkins at the Royal Society of New Zealand.

You can read more about the exhibition, and see some of the portraits, here …

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