The Golden Age of Flowers: Botanical Illustration in the Age of Discovery 1600-1800


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The 17th and 18th centuries saw a 'flowering' of botanical illustration and witnessed the production of some of the greatest books of plant illustration ever produced, including such outstanding examples as the Hortus Eystettensis, the work of Maria Sybilla Merian, Thornton's Temple of Flora, Banks's Florilegium and Sibthorpe's Flora Graeca. During this period several developments took place that led to a significant increase in the popularity and output of botanical illustration. The first was the development of the ...

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