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- DescriptionFour Seasons of Flowers is an illustrated volume that presents a selection of the manuscripts, herbals, and printed botanical texts from the Rare Book Collection at Dumbarton Oaks. Representing pivotal works in the intellectual history of Europe from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, these drawings, books, and manuscripts are among the most significant materials conserved in the Rare Book Reading Room. They offer an illuminating overview of the history of botany as a modern science, from its inception to the present day. Each text is accompanied by a remarkable set of botanical illustrations. Their scientific accuracy and aesthetic beauty testify to the importance of the visual image once the efficacy of the printing press as an instrument for the furtherance of kwledge in the sciences and techlogy--from anatomy to zoology and from astromy to botany--had been fully recognized. Botanical illustrations constitute an indispensable source of information for historians of t only botanical sciences but also garden and landscape architecture, thus shedding light on the study of plants in different periods, as well as on the evolution of the visual arts in areas where the representation of the plant world played a central role.
- Author BiographyLinda Lott is the Librarian of the Rare Book Collection at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
- Author(s)Linda Lott
- PublisherDumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
- Date of Publication03/09/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationWashington DC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
- Content Note37 color photos, 3 halftones
- Weight518 g
- Width204 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine11 mm
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