Exhibition | The Temple of Flora

Posted in exhibitions by internjmb on September 9, 2017

Richard Earlom, after Philip Reinagle, Tulips, 1798; color mezzotint with hand coloring (Milwaukee Art Museum, M1973.99)

Now on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Temple of Flora
Milwaukee Art Museum, 4 August — 10 December 2017

Fifteen large-scale color prints from the illustrated book The Temple of Flora (1812) reflect the true passion of English doctor John Robert Thornton: botany. The plants pictured are dramatically rendered and set against romantic landscapes—as opposed to the plain backgrounds that were typical of botanical images at the time. In honor of the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778), Thornton had hired eminent artists to produce the engravings, which later inspired American artist Jim Dine (b. 1935). Dine’s illustrated book from 1984 is featured alongside the prints.






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