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The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804

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The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800–1804

This exhibition featured illustrations of Australian animals and marine life, as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia. It was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 30 March to 24 June 2018.


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A companion book, The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804, edited by Jean Fornasiero, Lindl Lawton and John West-Sooby is available for $39.95 at the Museum Shop.

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About the expedition

Baudin's expedition embodied the Enlightenment’s hunger for knowledge. National Museum curator Cheryl Crilly wrote for The Museum magazine about the remarkable works created by Baudin’s artists, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, and what they reveal about the sense of wonder that this strange ‘new’  world inspired.

More on the expedition

Banner image: Jellyfish Cassiopea andromeda (detail), by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1804–07. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre