"The White Tutledove"
This original hand-colored engraving comes from the 18th century naturalist and philospher Georges-Louis Leclerc's "Histoire naturelle".
Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte di Buffon, was an exponent of the scientific movement linked to the Enlightenment. With his theories he influenced subsequent generations of naturalists, in particular the evolutionists Lamarck and Darwin. To the detailed descriptions of the naturalists of the early eighteenth century who sought the mechanical perfection of the great divine design in nature, Buffon contrasted a plastic and immediate vision of animals: matter is not passive, but active. Nature is characterized by a continuous process of interaction between causes and effects, which must be followed by going back to the past. In this way natural history becomes the history of nature.