Savery, Roelant - The Do Do Bird Fine Art Print

Fine Art Prints of Distinction


A Museum Quality Print of The DoDo Bird by Roelant Savery, supposedly painted from real life in 1626, and is the most famous image of the now extinct dodo bird. This could be one of the very few examples if not the only image,of the dodo bird that was actually painted from real life, if that was in fact the case of this artwork. The work was acquired by ornithologist George Edwards who later donated it to the British Museum, hence the info written across the top of the bird portrait. The Dodo bird was found only on Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, it stood about 3 feet tall, could not fly and lived on fruit. These tame birds were not afraid of humans, so they were easily caught, but the flesh had a very bad taste, so meat was not the reason this bird went extinct. The reason for this large birds extinction is thought to have been the introduction of pigs and other domestic animals to Mauritius which constantly robbed the nests of the dodos and killed the young offspring so eventually with no young to take place of the old, the dodo bird went extinct. Most people think that the last dodo bird died sometime around 1695. It is also thought that the bird in the lower right corner swallowing a frog is the Red Rail, a bird that is also now extinct. Please keep in mind that this painting is almost 400 years old and does show some wear, especially in the lower right corner area where the supposed Red Rail is located. Luckily this painting exists so we know what two different extinct birds look like.

At Fine Art Prints of Distinction we painstakingly repair the original files of these old paintings and print them using premium quality inks and paper. The end result is a beautiful, archival reproduction print that will last in your home for generations and at a low cost so anyone can now have great artworks in their home or business. Brandywine General Store is proud to offer for sale a premium print of the painting entitled The DoDo Bird by Roelant Savery.

Inventory #40 - Old Masters

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