This is the official Harvard video of the process used to provide a complete top-to-bottom facelift to the "Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants" housed in The Harvard Museum of Natural History.
The models are made entirely of glass often reinforced internally with a wire support. They were made by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka who were nineteenth century glass artists from Bohemia
The Glass Flowers will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is home to one of the best UK based collections of botanical art from the past - after Kew, the RHS Lindley Library and the Natural History Museum.
Next week I'm going to be visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to view the exhibition of "Crawling with Life: Flower drawings from the Henry Rogers Broughton Bequest" which is on until Sunday 8 May 2016 in Gallery 14. Admission is free.
It comprises 17th and 18th century drawings and paintings by well respected and much admired botanical artists from the past.
the works selected for this exhibition reveal not only a wide range of creatures and insects living amongst the flowers, but plants, either carnivorous or masters of mimicry, which trap insects for food and as a means of aiding pollination.
The exhibition includes paintings by
You can see images from the bequest online if you search the collection online using the query "Henry Rogers Broughton".
This is a review of the exhibition Small works, Plants and Insects by the botanical artist and tutor Dianne Sutherland
I've been updating the website for a significant number of aspects relating to the Natural History Museum. By the time I got to the end it seemed appropriate to highligth this via a post!
On the UK Exhibitions page, you'll now find a new section covering exhibitions at the Museum and an entry for the NEW exhibition in the Images of Nature Gallery.
The Bauer Brothers "excelled in learning the principles of botanical illustration according to the Linnaean system of classification. This technique typically depicts the entire plant in flower, but separately represents the bud and fruit, often dissected to show the internal structure."
On the Permanent Collections (UK) Page, the section highlighting the Natural History Museum now includes links to:
On the Herbaria, Seed Banks and Fungaria page, you'll find it now lists the range of botanical collections in the Herbarium of the Natural History Museum. You can see digital images of a lot of the herbarium speciments in the collections by searching the associated databases.
These include collections which came from:
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