Many contemporary botanical artists draw inspiration from botanical paintings and drawings completed hundreds of years ago.
The Getty Iris, the online magazine of the Getty Museum, has an article titled Botanical Art Inspired by Renaissance Illuminations. The article focuses on the art of Denise Walser-Kolar who paints in watercolour and gouache on vellum and who was inspired by the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta - a 16th Calligraphic Manuscript inscribed by Georg Bocskay and illuminated by Joris Hoefnagel.
The book was devised by Georg Bocskay to demonstrate his technical mastery of various calligraphic scripts and writing styles. Fifteen years after his death, illuminations were added to the model book by the Flemish miniaturist and imperial court artist Joris Hoefnagel.
There are two copies of the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta in existence and the one owned by the Getty is illuminated with botanical images.
You can read more about it and see images from the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (Model Book of Calligraphy) - the publication which inspired this art - on the the Getty Museum website.
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You can also see more of Hoefnagel's drawings of botanical and nature subjects on the website of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco - which also has an excellent biography of his life and contribution to art.
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He was the last important Flemish manuscript illustrator and one of the earliest still-life artists.
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