Plant Exploring the botanical world

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Published
New York, NY : Phaidon 2016.
Language
English
Item Description
"The artworks in this book have been arranged in pairs to highlight interesting comparisons and contrasts based loosely on their subject, age, purpose, origin or appearance. This organizational system is not definitive and many other arrangements would have been possible. A chronological survey of botanical art can be found in the timeline at the back."--title page verso.
Physical Description
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (page 343) and index.
ISBN
9780714871486
0714871486
Review by Choice Reviews

This richly illustrated and near folio-sized book contains iconic and telling botanical illustrations from the last 3,616 years. With minimal text but extensive indexing, this collection invites quiet reflection on human's relationship with plants. Also included is a time line of major events in botanical discovery, horticulture, and the uses of plants. It is as idiosyncratic as the selected imagery and is well-worth a leisurely skim. However, the index makes this collection of images valuable as a reference work. With 2,154 entries, the index is much more than just a machine-generated, text-based cross-reference. While providing a means of looking up an illustration by common or Latin name, it also singles out identifiable plants from art works that do not directly identify the plant either in the illustration or the caption. It provides the same service for artists or their artistic influence. While a work of many contributors (both artists and writers), the editorial staff deserves much credit for the book's usefulness. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.--G. C. Stevens, University of New MexicoGeorge C. StevensUniversity of New Mexico George C. Stevens Choice Reviews 54:06 February 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

This wondrous work about art, biology, and nature is international in scope, presenting notable images from prehistoric times to the present. Artworks are juxtaposed to allow the viewer to compare and contrast the images placed on opposite pages. A photograph of a spring crocus in UV light is opposite an epi-illumination (light shone through a microscope) of a tribulus bud; a radiographe des fleurs faces a California tree poppy rendered in glass. Other images include engravings, lithographs, oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, fabric cyanotypes, X-rays, color-enhanced scanning electron micrographs (SEM), traditional pen-and-ink sketches, and more. The artists represented range from Georgia O'Keeffe and Beatrix Potter to Charles Darwin and John Ruskin, among others. Under each image is a fascinating brief synopsis about the artist, their process, technique, and/or other notable or historical details about the object or plant displayed. This book concludes with a time line relating to the items included, a plant taxonomy and glossary, and selected biographical sketches. VERDICT If you purchase one art book that will inspire, educate, delight, and epitomize nature, then this is the volume to get.—Stephen Allan Patrick, Jonesborough, TN. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images everFollowing in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map, Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, and prints to bring this universally popular and captivating subject vividly to life. Carefully selected by an international panel of experts and arranged in a uniquely structured sequence to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, this stunning compilation of botanically themed images includes iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.Advisory panel: Rosie Atkins, Gillian Barlow, Brent Elliott, Celia Fisher, Patricia Jonas, Rob Kesseler, Hans Walter Laack, Gren Lucas, Henry Noltie, Mikinori Ogisu, Pia Östlund, Lynn Parker, Martyn Rix, Charlotte Tancin, Alice Tangerini and Anita Walsmit Sachs Additional texts: Rosie Atkins, Helen Bynum, Ruth Chivers, James Compton, Tim Cooke, Brent Elliott, Celia Fisher, Carolyn Fry, Patricia Jonas, Rob Kesseler, Hans Walter Lack, Paula McWaters, Pia Östlund, Lynn Parker, Martyn Rix, Julian Shaw, Charlotte Tancin, Alice Tangerini, Guy Tindale, Jacek Wajer and Martin Walters

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images everFollowing in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map: Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, and prints to bring this universally popular and captivating subject vividly to life. Carefully selected by an international panel of experts and arranged in a uniquely structured sequence to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, this stunning compilation of botanically themed images includes iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.