Life forms from the tiniest microbes to the largest of mammals have long inspired artists' and naturalists' illustrations. Now some 200 examples of zoological art are going on show in "Kingdoms of Land, Sea, and Sky: 400 Years of Animal Illustration" at the New York Public Library throughAug. 24.

The exhibition, drawn from the library's collection of European and American natural-history illustrations, includes work by John James Audubon, Albrecht Durer, Edward Lear and Thomas Bewick.Featured are colored and uncolored woodcuts, engravings, lithographs and original watercolor drawings produced from 1500 to 1900, before the advent of photochemical printing methods.