Natural history artworks play an important role in identifying, describing, classifying and naming species, as well as in the communication of science.
Visual representations of an animal or plant complement a scientist's textual description by providing an accurate depiction of the described features.
Artworks can convey knowledge about the subject depicted, while also communicating information about other subjects. They demonstrate how varied science can be, and provide an opportunity to see nature as others have seen and understood it. Artworks can also stimulate interest in the natural world and how we perceive and define it.