The Voyage of the Beagle
Art is often a means to represent or transcend reality and, as here, an impressive testimony of human experience. In Freudian terms, a work of art is the mimetic and sublimated acting out of the author's inner reality.
This picture was painted by Conrad Martens in 1878 during Charles Darwin's famous trip to the Galapagos where he was to define his theory of evolution through natural selection. Thanks to his research on the mockingbirds, he came to understand the importance of biotopes, or the interdependance of species.