Item description for New Book of Flowers/Neues Blumenbuch (Art & Design) by Sibylla Merian Maria...
In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Maria Sibylla Merian emerged as one of the leading researchers on botany and insect life. The elegance, delicate colours, and detailed scientific accuracy captured in her exquisite drawings of flowers are beautifully reproduced in this volume. Merian's New Book of Flowers, first published in 1680, continues to be a source of fascination throughout the world today.
The Book of Flowers, published in Nuremburg between 1675 and 1680 in three volumes of twelve sheets, is the first work that Maria Sibylla Merian published and marketed herself. Its enormous success encouraged her to reprint and colour all 36 plates, adding a preface before publishing it in 1680 as the New Book of Flowers. As Merian herself expressed in her foreward, the publication was meant to be an inspiration to others: "In that it may be useful for traveling and painting, and for the women to sew, and all lovers of art for benefit and joy."
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Reviews - What do customers think about New Book of Flowers/Neues Blumenbuch (Art & Design)?
nice format, but greatly prefer her later illustrations Aug 5, 2003
my wife and i got this volume because we like her work, but were disappointed when it arrived because although the format and care with the reproductions in the book is very good, it does not represent the Merian work that we appreciate. this is what can happen when you have to buy a book sight unseen and the "look inside this book" doesn't offer any interior images. we like her later work and will continue to look for reproductions of that work.
Floral beauty May 29, 2002
This book is a great source for crafters or artists. There are numerous illustrations of great quality. I bought two -- one to cut up and one to keep!
This is a gorgeous book! Jun 20, 2000
I couldn't resist this book because I simply like to look at beautiful things - the prints of flowers & insects are exquisite. I like the manageable shape & size of this book, as well as the texture of the paper (very good quality for such a modestly priced book.) Best surprise however, was the information about Maria Sibylla Merian provided at the back of the book - she was a fascinating woman: artist, explorer, botanist, publisher, designer & teacher of embroidery, and provider for her family. I intend to collect more books of her work.