>>heather: today, think as science and art as two different things.
>>matt: throughout history, they have been closely tied discover at the granite art museum.
>>ryan: it's called coveting nature.
It explores how plants and insects over the years has helped scientists to better understand the world around them.
It's thein the process that the found amazing images.
[music] from beautiful butterflies to bright, vibrant plants, nature can be an endless source of inspiration when it comes to art.
This art holds a purpose beyond just looking pretty.
>> this exhibit explores the way art and science supported one another and what we call the early modern period.
Basically the 16 through almost supplemented and advanced science.
>>ryan: the exhibit explores how artists and scientists worked together before photography to capture nature and study it.
>> there was no dividing art and science.
These fields along with anatomy belongs to the observational sciences.
Studying the natural things we can see in the world.
In order to convey information to your peers, you had to have good images.
If you were at the university of - - in the netherlands, corresponding with - -.
You couldn't rely on language alone.
So you had to have a good image.
>>ryan: it helped spread information about the natural world.
Today, its work is appreciated and displayed.
Not just for its scientific value, but also its artistic value.
>> first and foremost, people like the beauty of the image.
But as they learn more about the history, it becomes more compelling.
>>ryan: compelling for people like - - the head of entomology.
She knows firsthand how insect art has shaped her field.
>> that link between people and insects and art goes back 10,000 years.
There's cave art that depicts honey hunting in both africa and europe.
It's through the ancient egyptians through the dark ages, even until today.
There's a very long history that provides a lot of insight into how people viewed the world.
>>ryan: a view of the world that shed light and color on nature.
Thanks to the coveting nature exhibit.
I just love that pressed art there with the flat flowers.
I'm sure there's a technical term for it.
>>matt: did the camera capture the colors.
I'm sure they were very vibrant.
>>ryan: it definitely captured it but it doesn't do it justice.
Speaking of seeing it in person, it goes until december 22.
But they rotate out the images that are there.
The ones when we shot the story, last week, they rotated them out.
If you go, you will see totally different ones.
>>matt: so they just have this in their collection?
>>ryan: i believe they brought a lot of them in for the exhibit