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Imagine a typical morningand#8212;munching on a bowl of cereal, sipping coffee, dressing for the day, riding to work. Every moment of this common routine draws on the power of plants, and the centuries of development that brought wheat, coffee beans, cotton, and rubberand#8212;among many othersand#8212;into our daily lives.

Remarkable Plants celebrates the wonder and utility of the green kingdom, taking a detailed look at how plants have shaped our world. It focuses on eighty key species and richly explores their history, highlighting their importance and bringing to light surprising stories. Organized thematically into eight sections, the book starts with and#8220;Transformersand#8221; (including rice, beans, olives) and moves through sections such as and#8220;Heal and Harmand#8221; (poppy, aloe, strychnos) and and#8220;Revered and Adoredand#8221; (lotus, frankincense, rose). Each species is introduced with its common and scientific names and followed by an exploration of its cultural, historical, botanical, and symbolic associations. Hundreds of botanical illustrations show full plants as well as highlight distinctive leaves, blooms, and fruits.

Rooted in one of the worldand#8217;s most important and renowned temples of greenery, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Remarkable Plants is a symbiotic balance of science and art that will open readersand#8217; eyes to the deep influence of the natural world on our modern one.

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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 Covering work through the nineteenth century, this lavishly illustrated book offers readers a look at 250 rare or unpublished images by some of the world’s most important botanical artists.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.
 

About the Author

Martyn Rix is a botanist and the editor of Curtiss Botanical Magazine.

Table of 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226093598
Author:
Rix, Martyn
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Bynum, Helen
Author:
Bynum, William F.
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 color plates, 50 halftones
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
12 x 10 in

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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.
 

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