Botanical art led to and made possible the production of floral canvas art prints nowadays. The ancient practice evolved from an alchemist necessity of cataloging herbs to a decorative type of still life art.
In the 70’s I grew up with a large number of cousins. Among them was a girl about 8 years younger than me that I could never imagine would become a top skilled events organizers. She is known for great traditional and innovative, distinctive and memorable events. One of her specialties is flower arrangements like the one you can see here.
Botanical art is a relevant and respected asset to the 21st-century ecological awareness. This type of art has the power to move people and help educate them towards a more balanced environment consciousness.
In the early prehistoric period, art figured animal subjects more conspicuously. In the Ancient World, plant pictures were scarce and very simple.
The earliest examples of more accurate floral representations date from the 15th century BC in Egypt.
Herbal pharmacy required better and clearer drawings of plants around the 1st century BC. Some flower still life paintings were already present at this period.
Along the 1st millennium, books were reproduced by hand-copying the illustrations. That was a standard form of maintaining the records, but accuracy was lost in the long process.
Around the 16th century still life pieces of flowers started to appear more frequently here and there in the baroque period emerging from the practice of painting them in larger pictures.
A blast of floral art occurred in the following 3 centuries. A period called “Age of Exploration”.
In the Rococo period, flower painting gained an exaggerated level of detail and complexity, which was reduced to a more natural interpretation in the Neo-Classicism.
Romanticism made flowers more astonishingly emotional and they became more representative in the impressionist style.
Along the 20th century and entering the 3rd millennium, flower painting is still very popular among still life artists. Some of these painters are exclusive to that type of art form.
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