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An Oak Spring Flora

Flower Illustration from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Time: A Selection of the Rare...

Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi

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Yale University Press
29 May 1997
This is the latest volume in a major series that describes selections of the rare books, manuscripts, and other works of art held at Oak Spring Garden Library, a collection formed by Rachel Lambert Mellon. The 111 items chosen for this volume on floral illustration since the later Middle Ages include Books of Hours, still-life and vanitas paintings, botanical prints, and books of instruction of every kind, from planting a garden to making flowers using colored papers or wax. 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 each chapter that gives the contextual background necessary for a real understanding and appreciation of floral illustration past and present. The sheer beauty as well as extraordinary skills encountered, for 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 as well as horticulturalists, botanists, and garden historians.
By:   Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   v. 3
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 254mm,  Spine: 46mm
Weight:   2.454kg
ISBN:   9780300071399
ISBN 10:   0300071396
Series:   Oak Spring Garden Foundation Series
Pages:   504
Publication Date:   29 May 1997
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi is a professor of art history at the University of Siena.

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