DAILY ART FIX: What is Botanical Illustration? Learn About the History of This Scientific Art Form

Art world links which caught my eye…

Botanical Illustration

“Erica massonii” by Franz Bauer

Once artists were responsible for creating accurate reference representations of the natural world. Photography has taken over that role, but the meticulous approach botanical illustration required left a great legacy, and remains influential today.

Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, color, and details of plant life. The practice can be traced back to sometime between 50 and 70 CE, when an illustrated book titled De Materia Medica was created by Greek botanist Pedanius Dioscorides to help readers identify plant species for medicinal purposes. The eighteenth century saw many advances in the printing processes, allowing colors and details of drawings to appear even more accurate on paper. As interest in botanical publications increased, the role of botanical illustrator came to be considered a respected profession.

Read the full article here: MY MODERN MET – What is Botanical Illustration? Learn About the History of This Scientific Art Form

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4 thoughts on “DAILY ART FIX: What is Botanical Illustration? Learn About the History of This Scientific Art Form

  1. “Common Era”? I know you didn’t write that, but the use of “C.E.” by “academics” is insidious.
    Good post, I am most familiar with Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

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