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Filled with stunning 18th- and 19th-century illustrations of plants and other living creatures, this book is the first to bring together the life and art of the three Bauer Brothers, who came to be some of the most celebrated botanical artists of all time. As artists, Joseph, Franz and Ferdinand Bauer were independently successful: Joseph as court painter to the Prince of Lichtenstein; Franz (later Francis) was employed atKew Gardens as the "Botanick Painter to His Majesty"; andFerdinand's seminal collection of 1500 paintings created fromsketches he made traveling in and around Australia is thefirst detailed account of the natural history of that continent.Drawing extensively on the holdings of the Natural HistoryMuseum in London, this illustrated history of the Bauers andtheir work unfolds chronologically, starting with the brothers'formative years in Feldsberg, Austria, where they producedmore than two thousand drawings of plant specimens under theguidance of the local abbot. Learning how to dissect plants aswell as how to use microscopes to paint them in intricate detail,the Bauers became well known for their extraordinary precision.Their detail work, along with their incredibly beautiful and highlydeveloped methods of coloring their paintings, comes to life innumerous superbly reproduced illustrations. A celebration ofan indelible body of work, this unique volume recalls the GoldenAge of botanical artistry through the lives and contributions ofthe renowned Bauer brothers.
Number of Pages: 496
Sub-Genre: Subjects + Themes / Plants + Animals
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Author: Hans Walter Lack
Street Date: November 25, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-2181