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Publisher Comments:

Some of the most ravishing images in the history of illustration have been those of plants. But who drew plants, and why? How have these images reflected our changing relationship with the natural world? This beautifully illustrated book explores the purpose and function of the whole range of botanical art, from early woodcut herbals and painted florilegia, botanical treatises and records of new discoveries, to gardening manuals, seed catalogs, and field guides for the amateur enthusiast. Gill Saunders complements the sumptuous illustrations with detailed captions and an informative text, making this a book for both specialist and lay reader.

Drawing on a rich archive of material in the Victoria and Albert Museum, much of it unpublished until now, Saunders presents works ranging from the fifteenth-century printed book to the art of contemporary illustrators. She includes acknowledged masters such as Ehret and Redoutand#233; as well as lesser-known examples from China, Japan, and India.

In addition to their intrinsic beauty, plant illustrations have mirrored the curious and fascinating relationship between art and science. The artist's challenge has been to reconcile the often conflicting demands of those disciplines within a single image. Picturing Plants captures both this complex cultural history and the distinctive loveliness of botanical illustration, bringing a fresh approach to a perennially fascinating subject.

Book News Annotation:

A beautifully illustrated book exploring the purpose and function of a range of botanical art, from early woodcut herbals and painted florilegia, botanical treatises and records of new discoveries to gardening manuals, seed catalogues, and field guides for the amateur enthusiast. The author is a curator at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, from which come many of the book's fine color and b&w prints.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 149) and index.

About the Author

Gill Saunders is a Curator in the Collection of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her publications include The Nude: A New Perspective (1979) and Recording Britain (1990), as well as studies of botanical artists Georg Dionysus Ehret and William Kilburn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520203068
Subtitle:
An Analytical History of Botanical Illustrations
Other:
Saunders, Gill
Author:
Saunders, Gill
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Commercial - Science Illustration
Subject:
Illustrated books
Subject:
Plants in art
Subject:
Botanical illustration
Subject:
Botanical artists.
Subject:
Botanical illustration -- England -- London -- Catalogs.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Commercial - Illustration - Science
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
Nr. 4329
Publication Date:
19950904
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color illustrations, 41 b/w illustrat
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in 26 oz

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Themes In Art
Home and Garden » Gardening » Art and Photography
Home and Garden » Gardening » Botany

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