Gardens in Perpetual Bloom

Gardens in Perpetual Bloom

4F Boston Gallery 5F Open Gallery
December 12 (Saturday), 2009 - April 4 (Sunday), 2010

image:Large Flowering Sensitive Plant

Large Flowering Sensitive Plant, 1799
Design by Philip Reinagle (English, 1749-1833)
Engraving and coloring by Joseph Constantine Stadler
(English, active 1780-1822)

image:Buff, or Humes Blush Camellia / Myrtle-Leaved Camellia

Buff, or Humes Blush Camellia / Myrtle-Leaved Camellia
Design by Clara Maria Pope (English, about 1768--1838)
Etching by Weddell (English, active 1816--1819)

The development of botanical illustrations has been propelled by two perspectives: the scientific perspective of recording the biology of plants, and the artistic perspective of appreciating the beauty of diverse flowers. Especially in the Western world from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, colonial expansion led to a heightened interest in foreign plants and flowers, and at the same time, the pursuit of landscape gardening enjoyed by royalty and nobles spread to the common folk in the form of gardening. This trend, together with the advancement of printing technology, created what is now considered the golden age of botanical illustrations.

This exhibition presents more than 100 carefully selected works created during this golden age, and summarizes the history of the development of western botanical illustrations while introducing the unfading beauty of flowers in perpetual bloom.


 

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