THE ARTIST PROJECT: Alexis Rockman on Martin Johnson Heade's Hummingbird and Passionflowers

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"This picture is a time capsule and almost a heartbreaking artifact…" The son of an archaeologist, American painter Alexis Rockman is deeply aware of fragility of civilisation. In Martin Johnson Heade's painting of Brazil, Rockman considers the highly romantic but scientifically accurate artwork in a world now plagued with rampant deforestation. This video was produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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