The Golden Age of Botanical Art

The Golden Age of Botanical Art

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The Golden Age of Botanical Art

Highlighting the classical work of the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, and beautifully illustrated with over 250 rare, or previously unpublished, images from art collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Golden Age of Botanical Art brings together the stories of the brave and intrepid explorers and the many professional artists who recorded for posterity the flora that were discovered on their expeditions.
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Highlighting the classical work of the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, and beautifully illustrated with over 250 rare, or previously unpublished, images from art collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Golden Age of Botanical Art brings together the stories of the brave and intrepid explorers and the many professional artists who recorded for posterity the flora that were discovered on their expeditions.

Truly global in its scope, this fascinating story of botanical art moves across centuries and continents looking at the artistry of China and India, delving into the sketchbooks of globetrotting men and women and following the voyages of those who discovered new worlds and species as far apart as Africa and South America, whether they were hardened scientists or intrepid Victorian ladies.

Including features on key figures - from Leonardo da Vinci to the artists of Empress Josephine Bonaparte - The Golden Age of Botanical Art shows that what might have been a gentle pastime for some in fact made a significant contribution to our understanding of the world and the glories of nature.



Association for Cultural Enterprises Awards: Runner up: Publication of the Year 2013 |The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Awards: Nominated titles: 2013 awards



'Written by Martyn Rix, botanist and editor of Curtis’ Botanical Magazine, it’s full of fascinating detail. But if you didn’t read a word of this book, it would still be enjoyable due to the lavish illustrations. The Golden Age of Botanical Art is a fascinating read and my book of the year.' Val Bourne

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Additional Info

  1. Author: Martyn Rix
  2. 256pp. Profusely illustrated with fine colour paintings on every page. Hardback, in stout cloth binding.
  3. ISBN 9780233003641
  4. Andre Deutsch in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2012

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