An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

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Description

Captures the complicated attitude towards science during the Enlightenment. A man is suffocating a bird in an air pump, while (most of) his audience looks on in wonder and fear. Shows that scientific demonstrations could attract a considerable audience, but also that the audience could feel ambivalent about the ethics of what they were witnessing.

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1768, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London, UK.

Date

08/01/2017

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Citation

Wright, Joseph, “An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump,” Legacies of the Enlightenment, accessed June 25, 2024, https://enlightenmentlegacies.org/items/show/79.