Author(s): MARION ARNOLD
Through several centuries, the interacting influence of botanical artists and scientists has largely escaped interpretation. Although flower paintings are viewed in galleries and analytical plant drawings are stored in herbaria or museums, artists and scientists have long enriched each other's worlds. In metaphorically 'peeling back the petals', this book explores plant portraiture and the context of its visibility in order to discover the meanings ascribed to different forms of botanical imagery. The authors' texts are enhanced and liberally illustrated by works of some of the countless travellers, botanists and artists who have so passionately and meticulously recorded South Africa's rich floral heritage. Also included is a Concise Dictionary of South African Botanical Artists, the first to be compiled and published, offering a succinct listing with over 250 entries.
Dr Marion Arnold, formerly an art history lecturer at UNISA and Stellenbosch University, she is currently resident in the United Kindom. She is well known for her publications on southern African art. A professional artist, her work is in major South African collections. Dr Peter Goldblatt is the B.A. Krukoff Curator of African Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Lous, Missouri, United States of America. Dr John Rourke is Curator at the Compton Herbarium, National Botanical Institute, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town Dr John Manning and Dr Dee Snijman are botanists at the Compton Herbarium, National Botanical Institute, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town Gillian Condy is a botanical artist based at the National Herbarium, National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. Stephan Welz is a well-known fine art auctioneer and author.