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Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi groups the works into chapters on such topics as florilegia, women artists, tulipomania, Dutch and Flemish painting, and exotic flowers from distant lands, providing an introduction to every chapter that gives the contextual background important for a real understanding and appreciation of floral illustration past and present. The sheer beauty in addition to odd skills encountered, as an example, in manuscript florilegia by Jacob Marrel and Maria Sibylla Merian, in hand-colored books by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues and G.B. Ferrari, and in flower studies painted by John Constable, Margaret Mee, and others, are testament to the high status accorded floral illustration over the centuries.
This handsome, richly illustrated volume will attract all those with an interest in rare books and the history of art in addition to horticulturalists, botanists, and garden historians.
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