Complementing Ann Parker’s extraordinary photograms,
The Naturalist’s Eye: Four Centuries of Botanical
Illustration presents a selection of herbals, travel
accounts, and scientific botany books from the University
Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections in the
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The botanical illustrations
found in these volumes are intended to provide precise
details of a plant so that it can be recognized and
distinguished from other species. Although some botanical
illustrations approach the level of fine art, their primary
purpose is scientific rather than aesthetic. Modern
technology has moved us beyond the limited edition woodcuts
and engravings of earlier centuries to beautifully
illustrated volumes available to most nature enthusiasts.
Babbidge Library,Gallery on the Plaza
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