Pitt exhibits Audubon prints

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More than two dozen original prints from John James Audubon's Birds of America will be exhibited Friday when the University of Pittsburgh hosts its annual Audubon Day.

The free one-day exhibition, which displays the vivid life-size paintings of many North American birds, will be in the Special Collections Reading Room, Room 363, Hillman Library, 3960 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Joel Oppenheimer, president of his namesake galleries in Chicago and Charleston, S.C., and one of the world's foremost Audubon experts, will discuss "Audubon's Art and the Published Editions From the Nineteenth Century to the Present" from 10 a.m. to noon in the Amy Knapp Room on Hillman's ground floor.

Audubon's four-volume set of bird illustrations revolutionized bird illustration because it depicted birds as life-sized in their natural environment.

"Audubon's double-elephant-folio edition of Birds of America (1827-38) is, without exaggeration, one of America's national treasures," said Charles Aston, the library's curator of rare books, prints and exhibits.

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