Botanical Art From The Golden Age Of Scientific Discovery by Anna Laurent

Botanical Art From The Golden Age Of Scientific Discovery

byAnna Laurent

Hardcover | October 24, 2016

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Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, wall charts were a familiar classroom component, displaying scientific images at a large scale, in full color. But it's only now that they've been superseded as a teaching tool that we have begun to realize something their ubiquity hid: they are stunning examples of botanical art at its finest.

This beautifully illustrated oversized book gives the humble wall chart its due, reproducing more than two hundred of them in dazzling full color. Each wall chart is accompanied by captions that offer accessible information about the species featured, the scientists and botanical illustrators who created it, and any particularly interesting or innovative features the chart displays. And gardeners will be pleased to discover useful information about plant anatomy and morphology and species differences. We see lilies and tulips, gourds, aquatic plants, legumes, poisonous plants, and carnivorous plants, all presented in exquisite, larger-than-life detail.

A unique fusion of art, science, and education, the wall charts gathered here offer a glimpse into a wonderful scientific heritage and are sure to thrill naturalists, gardeners, and artists alike.

 
 

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Anna Laurent is a flora-focused writer and photographer who collects and photographs seed pods around the United States and abroad, partnering with botanical gardens and arboreta to expand the project. She is also a contributing editor to Garden Design Magazine, where she wrote two weekly columns: 'Art & Botany' and 'Botanic Notables'....
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Title:Botanical Art From The Golden Age Of Scientific DiscoveryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 12 × 9.5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 24, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022632107X

ISBN - 13:9780226321073

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"In the era of computer presentations and emphasis on innovative teaching, it might be difficult to appreciate the importance once given to botanical wall charts in science education. In Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery, the reader is introduced to these beautiful wall charts. These are re-created in large format, stunning color, and are arranged according to plant families. Each family is briefly described and followed by representative charts. Lively captions give further information about the plants, the scientists, and the artists. Those interested in pedagogy, plants, and art will find pleasure and inspiration in this book."