Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Beautiful and Rare Flowers and Plants
  • Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Beautiful and Rare Flowers and Plants
  • Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Beautiful and Rare Flowers and Plants

Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Beautiful and Rare Flowers and Plants

by Jonathan Singer, W. John Kress, Marc Hachadourian
     
 

Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by HasselbladLaureate Award winner Jonathan Singer, representing—in the words of an ARTnewscritic—rare or exotic plants and flowers 'in large scale and exquisite detail, emergingfrom the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.'
The original edition of

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Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by HasselbladLaureate Award winner Jonathan Singer, representing—in the words of an ARTnewscritic—rare or exotic plants and flowers 'in large scale and exquisite detail, emergingfrom the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.'
The original edition of Botanica Magnifica, consisting of five lavishly hand-boundvolumes, was limited to just ten copies, the first of which was recently donated to theSmithsonian Institution. The extra-large 'double-elephant' format of that editionwas chosen in homage to the famous double-elephant folio of The Birds of America,and indeed, Botanica Magnifica is one of the few works of natural history ever to rivalAudubon's magnum opus in its scope and artistry. In praise of the double-elephant folioof Botanica Magnifica, the Smithsonian's Chairman of Botany attested, 'Everyone whohas seen the photographs . . . has been tremendously impressed with the power, scale,and depth of the work.'
Now Singer's remarkable images are available to the public for the first time in thisbaby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica. Like the larger edition, this volume is organizedinto five alphabetically arranged sections, each introduced by a gatefold page thatdisplays one extraordinary plant at a luxurious size. Each pictured plant is accompaniedby a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, folklore, history, and conservation.
This volume is also available in a leatherbound, slipcased edition. With its marvelousreproductions and fascinating text, the baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica isone of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published.

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Library Journal
Through its size and luxuriant photographs by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Singer, this publication exalts the beauty and intricacy of plant life in a way unmatched in generations. Singer's ambitious project is a fulfillment of a desire to carry on the centuries-old tradition of botanical illustration while compelling increased awareness of habitat destruction—in his words "to provide the art that will help the science understand the urgency to conserve the world's biodiversity." Each of the over 250 digital images depicts a single species centered over a coal-black ground. The eye focuses on the plant, its unique character precisely accentuated. The photos are composed with such care, the colors so rich, that it is easy to forget that these are not animate beings imbued with real personalities. Singer organizes the images into five thematic sections in which dozens of plants are carefully arranged with brief technical descriptions by Kress (National Museum of Natural History at Smithsonian Inst. Libs.) and Hachadourian (New York Botanical Garden) appended. VERDICT As rare and sublime as the marvels surveyed within its broad covers, Singer has produced a work to rest alongside some of the great botanical codexes in history, one for connoisseurs of the still-life, natural phenomena, and the photographic art.—Douglas F. Smith, Berkeley P.L., CA\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789210333
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
12.60(w) x 15.70(h) x 1.90(d)

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