Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 -
Sunday, December 02, 2012,
9:00 AM -
Admission: $12, Conc. $8, Gallery Member/Children Free
Sarah Maund and Benjamin Maund
- Date of Production
Botanical print from Maund's "The Botanist", engraving on paper, hand coloured
12.7 x 16.1cm
- Credit Details
Purchased with funds from the Joe White Bequest, 2010
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This remarkable exhibition celebrates our continent's amazing
and diverse flora and the ways Australian plants have been
recorded, interpreted and popularised by botanical artists from
William Dampier and the early explorers to the present day.
The European discovery of this continent took
place during the Enlightenment, an era when time, effort and
finances were put into voyages of exploration. The botanical art
which recorded newly-discovered plants which were radically strange
to European eyes was of extraordinarily high quality.
During the 19th century, the growing middle class, both in the
colonies and the home country developed an insatiable interest in
horticultural pursuits while scientific institutions were building
up their knowledge of botanical resources. New printing techniques
allowed prints to be coloured mechanically, resulting in a
in botanical art which lasted into the 20th century.
Since the 1950s there has been a renaissance of botanical art
under such luminaries as Margaret Stones and Celia Rosser.
Australia now has one of the most vibrant practicing botanical art
traditions in the world and the exhibition includes some of the
finest examples of the work of Australia's contemporary botanical
Capturing Flora aims to be the most comprehensive
exhibition of Australia botanical art ever held in this country. It
brings together over 300 images, the vast majority of which have
been collected by the Art Gallery of Ballarat in recent years. It
will be accompanied by a major publication, the first comprehensive
monograph to cover this 'territory' for over 10 years.
An Art Gallery of Ballarat exhibition