From the voyages of Christopher Columbus to those of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin, the depiction of the natural world played a central role in shaping how people on both sides of the Atlantic understood and imaged the region we now know as Latin America. Nature provided incentives for exploration, commodities for trade, specimens for scientific investigation, and manifestations of divine forces. It also yielded a rich trove of representations, created both by natives to the region and visitors, which are the subject of this lushly illustrated book. Author Daniela Bleichmar shows that these images were not only works of art but also instruments for the production of knowledge, with scientific, social, and political repercussions. Early depictions of Latin American nature introduced European audiences to native medicines and religious practices. By the 17th century, revelatory accounts of tobacco, chocolate, and cochineal reshaped science, trade, and empire around the globe. In the 18th and 19th centuries, collections and scientific expeditions produced both patriotic and imperial visions of Latin America.
Through an interdisciplinary examination of more than 150 maps, illustrated manuscripts, still lifes, and landscape paintings spanning four hundred years, Visual Voyages establishes Latin America as a critical site for scientific and artistic exploration, affirming that region's transformation and the transformation of Europe as vitally connected histories.
On December 15, 1868, Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868), Professor of Botany at the University of Munich and director of the Royal Botanic Garden, was carried to his grave in a coffin covered with fresh palm leaves. These were a reference to his groundbreaking Historia naturalis palmarum: opus tripartitum (Natural History of Palms: a work in three volumes), published between 1823 and 1853. At the time, this encyclopedic treasury contained the sum of human knowledge on the topic, and included 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations, including landscape views of palm habitats and botanical dissections.This epic folio was based on von Martius's expedition to Brazil and Peru with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix, sponsored by King Maximilian I of Bavaria, to investigate natural history and native tribes. From 1817 to 1820 the pair traveled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) throughout the Amazon basin, the most species-rich palm region in the world, collecting and sketching specimens. On their return both men were awarded knighthoods and lifetime pensions.
In his epic work, von Martius outlined the modern classification of palm, produced the first maps of palm biogeography, described all the palms of Brazil, and collated the sum of all known genera of the palm family. Apart from his own collection of specimens and notes, von Martius also wrote about the findings of others. Von Martius's folio is unusual in its inclusion of cross-sectioned diagrams, conveying the architecture of these mighty trees, which central Europeans would have found hard to imagine accurately. Equally remarkable are the color landscapes showing various palms--often standing alone--which have a simple and elegant beauty. This famous work is an unrivaled landmark in botanic illustration and taxonomy.
This book showcases bestselling author Wendy Tait's fresh, loose and inspirational flowers in watercolour. Enjoy using your paints to their fullest in producing fresh, loose paintings with Wendy's relaxing and reassuring approach. Learn about colour, tone and composition, and benefit from Wendy's lifetime of painting experience with troubleshooting tips, hints to improve your painting, and information on combining watercolours with other media for bright, stunning results.* Dozens of popular flowers including roses, lilies, anemones, poppies, cherry blossom, delphiniums and fuchsias
* Fresh approaches to painting: loose impressionistic flowers, wildflower landscapes, garden arrangements and gorgeous close-ups
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Amy Stewart and Briony Morrow-Cribbs offer up 40 menacing plants in gorgeous, vintage-style botanical illustrations to color. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, each wonderfully creepy spread offers the curious stories of these botanical evildoers, from the vine that ate the South to the weed that killed Lincoln's mother to the world's deadliest seed. For gardening die-hards, each plant's family, habitat, and common names are also listed.
Based on the New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants.
Wildflowers of Maine presents a selection of the color paintings, of pioneering botanist Kate Furbish. Including some of the more prominent flowers to be found in Maine, plus a few rarities, this delightful gift formatted edition is a treat for the senses and a testament to Kate Furbish's lifelong passion to record all of Maine's plants and flowers in meticulous watercolor paintings.
An important figure in early American science and letters, William Bartram (1739-1823) has been known almost exclusively for his classic book, Travels. William Bartram, The Search for Nature's Design presents new material in the form of art, letters, and unpublished manuscripts. These documents expand our knowledge of Bartram as an explorer, naturalist, artist, writer, and citizen of the early Republic.Part 1, the correspondence, includes letters to and from Bartram's family, friends, and peers, establishing his developing consciousness about the natural world as well as his passion for rendering it in drawing. The difficult business of undertaking scientific study and commercial botany in the eighteenth century comes alive through letters that detail travel arrangements, enduring hardship, and mentoring. Commonly regarded as a recluse or eccentric, Bartram nstead emerges as deeply engaged with the major ideas, issues, and intellectual life of his time. Part 2 presents selections from Bartram's diverse but little-known unpublished writings. Leading scholars in their field introduce manuscripts such as a draft for Travels, garden diaries faithfully kept, an antislavery treatise scrawled on the back of a plant catalog, a commonplace book, pharmacopoeia compiled for his brothers, and exacting accounts of Native American culture. Each selection reveals another dimension of Bartram's unending interest in the world he encountered at home and while traveling through the southern colonies.
The winter months offer the perfect opportunity for us to become better acquainted with our favorite birds. As they forage in gardens for seeds and berries, we are gifted with the chance to watch from the comfort of our homes, and learn more about their behavior and special characteristics.
In this stunning book, one of the world's finest bird artists, Lars Jonsson, explores 40 of Sweden's best-loved winter birds. Each bird is illustrated in classic Jonsson style, with text on its identification, cultural history, and the author's own personal observations.
Do You Love Animals? Now you can learn to draw them on your ownThis book has everything that the animal-loving artist needs To get started, you'll learn how to draw animals' basic head and body shapes . . . and that's just the beginning Over 100 different animals from around the world--from playful dogs, cuddly cats, and hungry bears to clever monkeys, giant giraffes, and ferocious sharks--are broken down into easy-to-follow steps so that you can start drawing all of your favorite animals right away. Also available as an eBook