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Botanical Illustration: The Essential Reference

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Botanical Illustration: The Essential Reference

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162 pagine
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May 30, 2016
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9780486812861
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Comprising more than 500 years of printed botanical illustrations, this stunning compendium of black-and-white and color images begins with medieval illuminated manuscripts and woodcuts from the early days of printing. In addition to images from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the collection features highlights from such seventeenth-century classics as Gerard's Herbal, Besler's Hortus Eystettensis, and Crispin van de Pass' Hortus Floridus. Latter-day selections include illustrations from major nineteenth-century works — including the great flower prints of Pierre-Joseph Redouté and hand-colored lithographs by many other artists of the period — as well as the imaginative twentieth-century floral work in the Art Nouveau style of M. P. Verneuil, E. A. Seguy, and others.
Detailed bibliographical information concerning every source and biographical information on the artists make this volume a vital reference tool as well as a splendid resource of significant and beautiful botanical illustrations. Students of graphic art and illustration as well as graphic designers, advertising professionals, and horticulturalists will prize this treasury of material from many rare historic sources.
Pubblicato:
May 30, 2016
ISBN:
9780486812861
Formato:
Libro

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Botanical Illustration - Carol Belanger Grafton

BOTANICAL

ILLUSTRATION

THE ESSENTIAL REFERENCE

BOTANICAL

ILLUSTRATION

THE ESSENTIAL REFERENCE

CAROL BELANGER GRAFTON

DOVER PUBLICATIONS, INC.

MINEOLA, NEW YORK

Frontispiece: HENDRICK FROMANTIOU (1633–94)

A Tulip, a Rose and a Passion-Flower in a Glass Vase, 1668

Copyright

Copyright © 2016 by Dover Publications, Inc.

All rights reserved.

Bibliographical Note

Botanical Illustration: The Essential Reference, first published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 2016, is a new compilation of images reprinted from authoritative sources. For detailed source information see pages 135 and 136.

International Standard Book Number

eISBN-13: 978-0-486-81286-1

Manufactured in the United States by RR Donnelley

79985901 2016

www.doverpublications.com

INTRODUCTION

The watershed event in the history of botanical illustration, like the history of so many other aspects of Western life and culture, was the invention of printing in the 15th century. Before printing, artists were of course interested in the botanical world, and depictions of plants, trees, fruits, and flowers were common enough in Medieval illuminated manuscripts, whether as elements of the historical or religious scenes depicted, or for ornamental and decorative purposes.

The invention and spread of printing after the time of Gutenberg both reflected and stimulated an explosion in the spread of knowledge and information, including botanical information, about the physical world. Few subjects demanded more insistently to be illustrated when written about. Some of the greatest artifacts ever created concerning the botanical world as a result of this information explosion are the subject of this book. The literature of botanical illustration is so vast that what is presented here is a minute fraction of it, but it does at least point out a number of the most memorable signposts to be found along this fascinating road.

Gerard’s Herbal was certainly one of those signposts. John Gerard (c. 1545–1612), English botanist and herbalist, compiled and published the first edition of his massive Herbal (1,454 pages) in 1597. With hundreds of woodcut illustrations borrowed mostly from other books previously published on the continent combined with Gerard’s lively descriptions and vast amounts of esoteric information, including a great deal of entertaining Elizabethan folklore relating to the plants depicted, also appropriated

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