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Creature Feature: Birds of a Feather

Two multicolored birds stand in profile, one in front of the other, with their heads turned toward one another.
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French, Two Peacocks, from the Avian Album, 18th century. Watercolor and black ink over traces of graphite on off-white antique laid paper, adhered to cream antique laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous gift, 1953.75.13.

Gallery Talk

This event was recorded. Please view the talk on our Vimeo channel.

Explore a vibrant collection of watercolors featuring a flock of fantastic birds inspired by a king’s royal menagerie in Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s Avian Album.

Creature Feature, an online series from the Harvard Art Museums, offers a chance for families to explore magical creatures across the collections through close looking and curious exploration with museum staff. Creature Feature talks are free, open to explorers ages 6 and up, and offered once a month on Zoom.

Led by:
Erica Lawton, Staff Assistant, Division of European and American Art

This talk will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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