Art, writes The New York Times, has made a significant comeback over the last few years. Specifically, hand-painted, non-digital work has seen a resurgence in popularity. Unsurprisingly, many thought the form would go the way of dinosaurs as technology came to the forefront and computer rendered art became ever more prevalent. Despite popular opinion, however, technology may have been the saving grace of many art forms. Nowhere is this more true, perhaps, than in the world of botanical art.
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Botanical art, according to The Telegraph, is a form of artistic expression that seeks to recreate plant life, botany, in a realistic, beautiful way through drawing, painting, and horticulture. Margaret Stones botanical artist, is one of the most famous prac
Did you know that the earliest discovered botanical illustration dates to the year 512, in a medical book that described the difference between plants in different regions? Recently, there has been a renaissance of sorts in botanical art. Not only is it a popular form of wall art, but it also reflects concern with how the natural world is swiftly changing and should be recorded for future generations. Today there are many organizations around the world devoted to recording plant life, teaching others to be botanical painters, and spreading this knowledge to the world. Here are three things you can learn from botanical arts societies.
1. Coursework from the Royal Society of Botanical Artists
After several years of publishing successful texts on botanical illustration, the Royal Society
Botanical illustration artists specialize in creating scientifically authentic depictions of plant life. This means that each botanical rendering must be accurate down to the minutest detail. Although the original intent of botanical artwork was to help in the positive identification of medicinal plants, the current use for botanical artwork has not deviated far from its original intent.
The oldest existing example of botanical art is found in a copy of De Materia Medica, which was an encyclopedia on medicinal plants. The five volume encyclopedia was written in the first century A.D. by a physician and botanist named Pedanius Dioscorides. The botanical encyclopedia was created out of a need for reliable identification of medicinal plants, for it is said many people became gravely ill, and
Botanical art has a rich history, dating at least as far back as 512 when the daughter of a Roman emperor received an illustrated work called the Codex Vindobonensis. This codex is the earliest surviving example of botanical illustration. Due to the history of this art form there are many people working to preserve it, and keep it current, and yet, even among art majors the botanical arts are little known.
1. What is botanical art?
Botanical art is simply art for which the subject is plant life. This is traditionally done in watercolor paintings, but it is now more common to see botanical art in different mediums such as pastel, oil, and acrylic paint. However, botanical art is not just about pretty paintings. Professional illustrators strive to show their subject matter in scientifically correct,
Did you know that, according to Botanic Gardens Conservation International, there are botanical gardens in 148 countries across the world? North America alone plays host to over 350 of these gardens. Groups like the American Society of Botanical Artists exist in order to promote awareness of the current revival of the botanical arts and to spread their love of botanical artwork across the country. Maybe you have seen an article in passing in Fine Art Magazine about botanical artists but still find yourself asking, “what is botanical art?”
According to BCGI, botanical gardens are “institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education”. Therefore, botanical art is the way in which these areas are designed and cultivated
While any member of contemporary botanical artists society will of course have a deeper understanding of what this precise and technical art form entails than the average Joe on the street, it is probably not a stretch to say that a lot of people have appreciated this form of expression throughout their lifetime. In fact, many of the works that botanical painters have created throughout the years have been appreciated on calendars, stationary, clothing and books for decades.
The traditions appreciated by any botanical artists society stem can still be viewed in galleries and showings around the world. Last month, the Royal Gazette reported on the beauty and skill that can be viewed in a Lady Charlotte Anna Lefroy exhibition at the Ace Gallery. On July 2, the Spectator also reviewed a gallery