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The Golden Age of Botanical Art

Martyn Rix

Martyn Rix

256 pages | 200 color plates, 50 halftones | 10 x 12 | © 2013
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226093598 Published September 2013 For sale in USA only
E-book $21.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226119847 Published September 2013 For sale in USA only
The seventeenth century heralded a golden age of exploration, as intrepid travelers sailed around the world to gain firsthand knowledge of previously unknown continents. These explorers also collected the world’s most beautiful flora, and often their findings were recorded for posterity by talented professional artists. The Golden Age of Botanical Art tells the story of these exciting plant-hunting journeys and marries it with full-color reproductions of the stunning artwork they produced. Covering work through the nineteenth century, this lavishly illustrated book offers readers a look at 250 rare or unpublished images by some of the world’s most important botanical artists.
            Truly global in its scope, The Golden Age of Botanical Art features work by artists from Europe, China, and India, recording plants from places as disparate as Africa and South America. Martyn Rix has compiled the stories and art not only of well-known figures—such as Leonardo da Vinci and the artists of Empress Josephine Bonaparte—but also of those adventurous botanists and painters whose  names and work have been forgotten. A celebration of both extraordinarily beautiful plant life and the globe-trotting men and women who found and recorded it, The Golden Age of Botanical Art will enchant gardeners and art lovers alike.
 

New York Review of Books
"Rix’s superb book is extremely handsome. It is a mine of concise observation, resting on his rare expertise."
Telegraph
“This is a superior article. The botanist author has selected numerous rare or unpublished flower painting from Kew’s own collection, while the text is a jog through the history of botanical art, with an emphasis on plant collecting. . . . This has to be the prize garden gift book of the year.” 
ArtPlantae
"A wonderful history book . . . sure to be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in natural history art."
Enfilade
"A celebration of both extraordinarily beautiful plant life and the globe-trotting men and women who found and recorded it, The Golden Age of Botanical Art will enchant gardeners and art lovers alike."
Irish Times
“Not just a collection of beautiful paintings from ancient frescoes to the present day, but also a series of fascinating essays about plant hunters and the artists who recorded their discoveries. The paintings, most of them from the collection at Kew, many never reproduced before, are invariably wonderful.” 
Contents

Introduction

 

1 The Origins of Botanical Art

Leonardo da Vinci

2 Early Works of the Sixteenth Century

Jacopo Ligozzi

3 Seventeenth-Century Florilegia

Dutch Flower Paintings

4 North American Plants

Linnaeus and Plant Classification

5 Travellers to the Levant

Maria Sybilla Merian

6 The Exploration of Russia and Japan

Les Vélins du Muséum

7 Botany Bay and Beyond

Sir Joseph Banks

8 The Golden Age in England

Mrs. Delany and her Paper Mosaicks

9 South American Adventures

Thornton’s The Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature

10 The Golden Age in France

Empress Joséphine

11 Botanical and Horticultural Illustrated Journals

Henry C. Andrews

12 Early Chinese Plant Drawings

Père David and the French Missionaries

13 The Company School in India

The Story of Flora Danica 1761-1883

14 A New Era at Kew

George Maw

15 Victorian Travellers

Elwes and the Genus Lilium

16 Bringing China to Europe

Modern Florilegia

17 The Flowers of War and Beyond

Exhibiting Botanical Watercolours

18 Carrying on the Tradition

 

Index

Bibliography

Publishers’ Credits

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