Some good news for those who thought they might miss Drawn from Nature: Irish Botanical Art at the National Gallery of Ireland - which features botanical art in Ireland spanning almost 300 years, from the 1720s to 2019.
Back in March I wrote about the opening of this new exhibition of botanical art (see link to blog post above). As luck would have it, it had hardly been open any time at all when the Pandemic started and all art galleries - and exhibition were closed around the world.
The GOOD NEWS is that:
Drawn from Nature celebrates three centuries of Irish botanical art. The exhibition includes drawings, watercolours, prints, and illustrated publications dating from the 1700s to the modern day. ....
The artworks depict a wide variety of plants - common and rare; native to Ireland and exotic; growing wild and carefully cultivated. Included are Botanical Portraits, Illustrated Flora, and the work of Botanical Illustrators. The exhibition also features work by ten contemporary artists who follow in this rich artistic tradition and forge the way ahead.
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.
The new exhibition "Cannabis - a Visual Perspective" exhibition by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists (motto - "botanical art with attitude') is getting some great publicity. I think it might be breaking records!
The exhibition is in the BioLounge of the Colorado University's Boulder Museum of Natural History. It opened last month and continues until 26 January 2018 and the admission is FREE.
The aim of the exhibition is for botanical illustration to help those who see the exhibition to appreciate the diversity of the Cannabis genus. Although there's no virtual version of the exhibition by either the museum or the art society, I did come across a virtual exhibition on OnlineJuriedShows website of all the work entered for the show.
The subject for the exhibition will be the entire Cannabis genus, including all three species and seven subspecies.
Botanical Art in the UK provides:
Botanical Art Collections in the UK provides links to the permanent collections of original botanical art by the past and more contemporary masters in:
Botanical Art Exhibitions at Major Art Galleries and Museums in the UK has links to current and upcoming exhibitions at:
There is also an ARCHIVE web page for The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew: Exhibition Archive (2008-2016) . This is the ONLY online archive in the world.
Besides highlighting the exhibitions it also highlights the books about the exhibitions which are still available.
RHS Botanical Art Shows provides:
Botanical Art Exhibitions in England and Wales provides links to information about exhibitions by:
The website includes an ARCHIVE of Past Botanical Art Exhibitions in the UK. This is a listing for the more significant botanical art exhibitions in the UK in recent years. From which you can see which places, organisations, galleries and artists have been the most active.
It also includes links to relevant exhibition guides which are still available.
The Tradescants' Orchard is a contemporary exhibition comprising watercolours by fifty eminent botanical artists is to be staged alongside a display of ‘The Tradescants’ Orchard’, a seventeenth-century volume of sixty-six watercolours depicting fruit varieties that John Tradescant and his son might have grown in their market garden at Lambeth.
The Tradescants' Orchard is a practical document that records the size, colour and texture of fruit with their ripening dates.
“These two striking exhibitions celebrate the fine tradition of botanical art in Australia, from early 19th century watercolours to contemporary artworks, and reveal the extraordinary plant life abundant across Sydney and New South Wales,”
Mark Goggin, Executive Director of Sydney Living Museums
The fragrant Magnolia grandiflora, now a familiar plant in Sydney, was introduced to NSW by William Macarthur in the 1830s, and was growing not only in the Royal Botanic Garden but also in large private gardens by the early 1840s. Vaucluse House in the eastern suburbs reputedly grew one of the largest magnolias in the colony, its striking flowers and dark foliage providing a dramatic border to the pleasure garden of William Charles Wentworth where he also grew exotic plant species from across the world.
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