It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Golden Age of Botanical Art by Martyn Rix is the latest addition to the literature portraying the Botanical Art. Starting from the origins of Botanical Art some 4500 years ago this work highlights the classic work of the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. It is beautifully illustrated with over 250 rarely, or previously unpublished, images from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and brings together the stories of the brave and intrepid explorers and the many professional artists who recorded for posterity the flora that they discovered on their travels and expeditions. This book includes artistry of China and India, delves into the sketchbooks of travelling men and women, follows the voyages of those who discovered new worlds and new species as far apart as Africa and South America. It includes both adventure minded scientists and brave Victorian ladies. It includes a capture about Leonardo da Vinci and Flora Danica and does not overlook the current development and direction of the tradition.
With PhD in Botany from University of Cambridge, Martyn Rix has worked with the University Garden in Zurich and at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley before becoming an independent botanical advisor and writer. He has made many expeditions to different parts of the world to collect new plants for gardens. He is the current editor of Curtis Botanical Magazine.
This volume is warmly recommended and should be included in the Holiday present-wishlist for the Botanical illustrator and art lover.