The Art of Plant Evolution (Paperback edition)

The Art of Plant Evolution (Paperback edition)

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The Art of Plant Evolution (Paperback edition)

Art meets science in this beautiful book that aims to give readers a sense of some contemporary scientific discoveries that are changing our understanding of plant relationships. 136 botanical paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, by 84 artists, cover 50 orders of plants in 118 families, and a total of 133 species, providing a sweeping overview of the evolution of plants on earth.
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Art meets science' in this beautiful book that aims to give readers a sense of some contemporary scientific discoveries that are changing our understanding of plant relationships. 136 botanical paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, by 84 artists, cover 50 orders of plants in 118 families, and a total of 133 species, providing a sweeping overview of the evolution of plants on earth.



The paintings display a sampling of the plant world from fungi to daisies, including algae, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants arranged in the most up to date evolutionary sequence, determined by recent DNA analysis. The text places each artist's observations as displayed in the paintings, in the context of modern plant classification, providing readers with a new understanding of the complex interrelationships between plant species, and enhancing their appreciation of the botanical artist's ability to portray the delicate beauty of nature.



The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Awards: Nominated titles: Technical category 2010



'The Art of Plant Evolution showcases the extensive collection of plant paintings amassed by Sherwood and now displayed in rotation in the magnificent new Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The quality and quantity of the paintings take one's breath away...' Sandra Knapp, American Scientist, November-December 2010

Additional Info

Additional Info

  1. Authors: W. John Kress, Shirley Sherwood
  2. 320pp. 292 x 225mm. Paperback
  3. ISBN 9781842464175
  4. Kew Publishing, 2009

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