Science made a lot of buzz in Charles Darwin's day. The big news was about something very old: the world's dramatic prehistory, freshly revealed in geological and paleontological discoveries. Nineteenth-century artists (like American painter Thomas Cole, whose The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge
is shown above) helped spread the word by re-envisioning the natural landscape. Now, 150 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
, the Yale Center for British Art
revisits the a-ha moment in the exhibition "'Endless forms': Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts." Feb. 12-May 3.