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Gardens in Perpetual BloomBotanical Illustration in Europe and America, 1600-1850

Published by MFA Publications. Available exclusively through Distributed Art Publishers

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 136 pages, 229 x 191mm (7½ x 9in.), portrait

Illustrations — 120 colour illustrations

Format — Paperback

Price — US$24.95

ISBN — 978-0-87846-749-5

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Features over 90 wonderful botanical illustrations, ranging over three centuries, from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Includes works by Basil Besler, Nicolas Robert, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer and Pierre-Joseph Redouté

About the Book

This book presents wonderful botanical illustrations, mainly hand-coloured prints, from 35 antiquarian volumes in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The first in a series of books featuring works from the Museum’s collections, it will be published to accompany an exhibition being presented at MFA Boston’s sister’s museum in Nagoya, Japan. Perhaps the most celebrated flower painter in Western art, Jean-Baptiste Redouté defined the botanical artist as one “whose paintbrushes give lasting existence to the ephemeral gifts of Flora”, and throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the “golden age” of botanical illustration, the main goal of the artists and printmakers was to bring the garden alive on the page. As the examples in this catalogue illustrate, botanical art is both an exact scientific record and a thing of beauty.

About the Author(s)

Nancy Keeler is an independent scholar and consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston