Maria Sybilla Merian: The New Book of Flowers

Maria Sybilla Merian: The New Book of Flowers

by Thomas Burger, Maria Sibylla Merian
     
 
Merian abandoned traditional modes of illustration known in 16th- and 17th-century botanical treatises for more comprehensive, balanced compositions. Combining botanical accuracy with high artistic quality, she away from the method favoring single illustrations, and instead fused tulips, peonies, and lilies into a cacophony of color and detail. Merian recorded the

Overview

Merian abandoned traditional modes of illustration known in 16th- and 17th-century botanical treatises for more comprehensive, balanced compositions. Combining botanical accuracy with high artistic quality, she away from the method favoring single illustrations, and instead fused tulips, peonies, and lilies into a cacophony of color and detail. Merian recorded the beauty of these flowers meticulously, often emphasizing their relationship to their natural surroundings by including butterflies, caterpillars, or insects in the work. Her hand-colored copper engravings display her love of nature and deep respect for creation. Even today, her images of flowers and insects seem fresh and their colors as radiant as right as ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791320809
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
FAC
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 12.64(h) x 0.66(d)

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