Artwork of the week #1

Ocen life

Ocean Life

Christian Schussele (1824–1879);
James M. Sommerville (1825–1899).

The Art

Ocean Life is one of the earliest examples of an American underwater illustration. It was originally created as a scientific study. But the beautiful colours, exotic plants and animals, and astonishing detail make Ocean Life an enduring work of art that’s loved and appreciated far beyond the scientific community.

Take a moment to zoom in on the detail, and you’ll see how much thought, research, and time went into the drawing’s creation. In many ways, Ocean Life is a part of the Renaissance tradition — crossing the boundaries between science and art to create something beautiful and lasting that also contributes to our understanding of the world around us.

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‍ The Artists

James M. Sommerville was a physician, amateur naturalist, member of the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Christian Schussele was the first professor of drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He’s also widely credited with designing the American Medal of Honor.

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