Abraham Bisschop and the Birds of Paradise

All Hail the King Bird of Paradise

Bronwen Scott
7 min readJan 6, 2024

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Ceiling piece with birds (1708) by Abraham Bisschop — Dordrechts Museum, Public Domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ceiling_piece_with_birds,_by_Abraham_Busschop.jpg

One of the delights of writing on Medium is the opportunity to ramble down unmarked paths. And ramble I do. While writing my piece about Frans Snyder and the Fire Salamander, I was intrigued by Snyders’ inclusion of a Greater Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea apoda) in several paintings. Many artists before Snyders had also painted these…

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com