Botanical Art From The Golden Age Of Scientific Discovery

Hardcover | October 24, 2016

byAnna Laurent

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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 But it's only now that they've been superseded as a teaching tool that we have begun to realize something their ubiquity hid: they are stunning examples of botanical art at its finest.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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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 But it's only now that they've been superseded as a teaching tool that we have begun to realize something their ubiquity hid: they are stunning examples of botanical art at it...

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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Format: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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