Guess what? They’re as much about math as they are about art and science!
The art created by natural history diorama painters is so good, you may never even notice it. In 2013 Story recorded Ruth Morrill who worked with master diorama painter James Perry Wilson at the Peabody Museum at Yale. Few would argue that the highest standard in the creation of natural history dioramas was achieved by James Perry Wilson.
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In late 2013, NPR did a segment on Fred Scherer, who learned from James Perry Wilson.
Here is link: http://www.npr.org/2013/12/14/250797697/in-the-background-art-you-may-never-notice