From Botany to Bouquets
There are a number of publications online about botanical art in the past - if you know where to look.
From Botany to Bouquets: Flowers in Northern Art (1999 / 88 pages) is the catalogue of the exhibition organised by the National Gallery of Art in Washington and held between 31 January — 3 1 May 1999
You can view and/or download a digital version for free as a pdf file - View PDF (28.94MB) on the NGA website.
From Botany to Bouquets examines the origins of flower painting with a selection of botanical treatises, manuscripts, and watercolors by 16th- and 17th-century printmakers and draftsmen.
The catalogue was written by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. (the recently retired Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington) and is essentially about still life art involving flower painting,. However it starts from botanical art and how this developed over time within the context of various historical developments.
It also includes some great examples of paintings of flowers. I particularly enjoyed
The artists who created the flower still lifes in this exhibition could convey the delicacy of blossoms, the organic rhythms of stem and leaf, and the varied colors and textures of each and every plant. They could capture the fragile beauty of flowers and the sense of hope and joy they represent. Their bouquets come alive with flowers that seem so real we almost believe their aroma—and not the artist's brush—has drawn the dragonflies and bees to their petals.
Today I added two more items to my page about the Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art 2018. Each was added to their country's section of the webpage (which is organised alphabetically in continents and then countries)
This was the message from the Brazilian team
Here's our e-book finally completed.
and the message from New Zealand is
This video of New Zealand's 'Ngai Tipu Taketake - Indigenous Flora' exhibition showcases our diverse and unique flora as seen by the best of New Zealand's botanical artists.
If any other country has information or catalogues or videos that need to be added please let me know using the FORM at the bottom of the Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art 2018 page
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