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Botanical Illustration and the Idea of the Garden in the Sixteenth Century Between Imitation and Imagination

  • Alessandro TosiEmail author
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Abstract

The paper presents some motifs of reflection on the idea and the image of the garden that developed during the course of the sixteenth century and on the relationship between art and science. In particular, the most relevant works in the first age of modern botany (by Brunfels, Fuchs, and Mattioli) that affirm the relevance of images as a method of investigation and identification, are strictly connected to a perception of the garden as a space of organization of knowledge, but also of new cultural and social relations. On one hand, an idea of the garden born from and for science, in which images play a central role in the condivision and communication of knowledge; on the other, the idea of the garden spread in the years 1570–1590 by a flourishing production of prints which underline this evocative, architectural, and emotional dimension. In this encounter between art and science at the end of the century, the garden finds new models of representation and definition ready for further development.

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Botanical Garden Sixteenth Century Title Page Opus Omnia Botanical Work 
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