Treasures of Botanical Art

Icons from the Shirley Sherwood and Kew Collections

Treasures of Botanical Art

Treasures of Botanical Artreveals the history,science and beauty ofbotanical painting, andcelebrates the inauguralexhibition of the ShirleySherwood Gallery ofBotanical Art at Kew.Extensively illustrated andelegantly designed, itfeatures some 200paintings and drawings from both the Kew andShirley Sherwood collections which reflect therichness of botanical art as a whole. The bookprovides an overview of the most significant artistsfrom the 1600s through to the present day anddemonstrates the fundamental importance of art to science.

Treasures of the Royal Horticultural Society

Treasures of the Royal Horticultural Society

A selection of rare & beautiful paintings by some of the greatest botanical artists from the 17th century to the present, chosen from the more than 18,000 drawings & paintings in the Lindley Library, the Royal Horticultural Society's great archive.

A New Flowering

1000 Years of Botanical Art

A New Flowering

A collection of one thousand years of botanical art displayed in the Ashmolean's leading exhibition, which provides an opportunity to compare illustrations by contemporary artists alongside botanical art of the past. The oldest exhibit is a drawing of a

Treasures of the Holy Land

Ancient Art from the Israel Museum

Treasures of the Holy Land

The art and history of the Holy Land are presented here by distinguished members of the curatorial staff of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. A series of essays examines this land's rich complexity from prehistory through the Islamic conquest of A.D. 640, and almost two hundred works of art are discussed in texts that explore their cultural, historical, religious, and aesthetic significance. Maps, site photographs, and comparative illustrations add to the reader's appreciation of a land whose great intellectual force continues to mold today's world.

The Art of Botanical Illustration

An Illustrated History

The Art of Botanical Illustration

This beautiful book surveys the evolution of botanical illustration from the crude scratchings of paleolithic man down to the highly scientific work of the 20th-century. 186 magnificent examples, over 30 in full color.

Art of the Royal Court

Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe

Art of the Royal Court

"In the royal and princely courts of Europe, artworks made of multicolored semiprecious stones were passionately coveted objects. Known as pietre dure, or hardstones, this type of artistic expression includes?paintings in stone,? which were composed of intricately cut separate pieces that were made into magnificent tabetops, cabinets, and wall decorations. Other works included vessels and ornaments carved with virtuosic skill from a single piece of rare and brilliant lapis lazuli, chalcedony, jasper, or similarly prized substance; exquisite objects such as boxes, clocks, and jewelry; and portraits of nobles sculpted in variously colored stones. Derived from ancient Roman decorative stonework, the art of pietre dure was developed in Renaissance Florence, where the manufacture of such objects was enthusiastically sponsored by Medici princes. Ideally suited for ostentatious display, the works sent an unmistakable message of wealth and political might that was understood in centers of power everywhere. From Italy the medium spread across Europeto Prague, Madrid, Naples, Paris, and later Saint Petersburg. Precious and fragile, pietre dure objects are rarely brought together in large numbers. This richly illustrated catalogue contains more than 150 masterworks from across Europe, dating from five centuries, including almost every artistic use of semiprecious stone during this time as well as some of the finest examples of the medium. Eight essays by European and American experts discuss the individualized development of pietre dure in every European region, the latest developments in scholarship, the interrelationships between art and dynastic politics and between cultures, and a variety of techniques used to produce these luxurious masterworks."--Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Catalogue of Botanical Prints and Drawings at the National Museums & Galleries of Wales

Catalogue of Botanical Prints and Drawings at the National Museums & Galleries of Wales

There are over 7,000 botanical illustrations in the collections of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales, now comprehensively catalogued for the first time

Italian treasures in the US

An Itinerary of Art

Italian treasures in the US

Italian Treasures in the U.S. – An itinerary of Art” is the result of a multifaceted project which began in 2011, the year of the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. The aim is to promote Italy’s cultural and artistic heritage, whose presence is indeed relevant in the United States. The Embassy and the network of Italian Consulates and Cultural Institutes in the U.S. have worked passionately to raise awareness among the Italian and American public. Through this passion and hard-work, Italian masterpieces from 41 museums around the United States were brought together and the collection Italian Treasures in the U.S. finally came to life. It is an extraordinary narrative featuring creativity and beauty, a legacy for everyone, with Italy as the main protagonist.