A Brief History of Botanical Art
by Jutta Buck
with Cynthia Rice
Contemporary botanical art grows from long established traditions, integrating the history of art and the sciences of botany, horticulture, medicine and agriculture. Knowing this history adds to our pleasure in viewing botanical art today. As artists our vision is expanded, and our skills enhanced by studying the work of our forebears. For observers and collectors, appreciation matures with a greater understanding of the traditions and evolution of the genre.
This brief history is an introduction to the luminaries of the field, both artists and patrons, along with some of their illustrious work. It invites the reader to become even more familiar with the rich history of botanical art and its present-day incarnation.