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Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden 200 Centennial Drive Berkeley, CA, 94705 United States (map)

Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery
Book Release, Signing, and Talk with Anna Laurent
Monday, January 30, 6:00-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$20, Registration required

http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/bot.html?event_ID=105058&date=2017-01-30

Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery by Anna Laurent. This large-format book features educational botanical wall charts, mostly authored in Europe in the mid 19th & early 20th centuries and implemented in classrooms & lectures. The book is organized by plant family and includes comparative analysis of the science and art of each chart, biographies of their illustrators & authors, and discussions of the taxonomy, biology, and social context of illustrated species. The work features original research from archives in Europe, and is the only collection of its kind.

Anna Laurent is an artist with a unique insight into the natural world. In her series Dispersal, she explores the myriad forms through which plants reproduce. To the uninitiated, Laurent’s close up portraits of flora and seeds could easily be mistaken for works of abstract art or images of contemporary sculpture. From samples collected as far afield as Hawaii and Kurdistan, Laurent’s work serves as a stunning reminder of the diversity, beauty and fragility of the natural world.

Earlier Event: January 29
Oracular Seidh