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A Garden Eden. Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.53 lb, 728 pages
US$ 25
Art meets science in this beautiful catalogue of botanical illustration. Drawn from the archives of the National Library of Vienna, these exquisite color reproductions range from 6th-century manuscripts to 19th-century masterpieces and celebrate both the skill of botanical artists and the abundance of natural flora.

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Customer reviews (12)

Heaven on Earth

Botanical masterworks from the National Library of Vienna
In pursuit of both knowledge and delight, the craft of botanical illustration has always required not only meticulous draftsmanship but also a rigorous scientific understanding. This new edition of a TASCHEN classic celebrates the botanical tradition and talents with a selection of outstanding works from the National Library of Vienna, including many new images.

From Byzantine manuscripts right through to 19th-century masterpieces, through peonies, callas, and chrysanthemums, these exquisite reproductions dazzle in their accuracy and their aesthetics. Whether in gently furled leaves, precisely textured fruits, or the sheer beauty and variety of colors, we celebrate an art form as tender as it is precise, and ever more resonant amid our growing awareness of our ecological surroundings and the preciousness of natural flora.
The author

H. Walter Lack is a professor at the Free University of Berlin and former director of the Botanical Gardens and Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem. A leading expert in the history of botany, his research focuses on the global transfer of useful and ornamental plants from a cultural historical perspective. He is the author of TASCHEN’s Garden of Eden, The Book of Palms and Redouté. The Book of Flowers.

A Garden Eden. Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.53 lb, 728 pages
Bibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

Customer reviews (12)

Ein Garten Eden ohne jeden Zweifel

Richard, October 28, 2021
Dieses Buch ist wahrhaftig ein kleiner Garten Eden. Die fantastischen Illustrationen nehmen den Betrachter mit auf eine Reise in einem historischen Botanischen Garten. Jede detaillierte Darstellung ist ein Kunstwerk für sich und dieser Prachtband ist eine spannende Zeitreise.

Interesting overview through history

Bob, October 27, 2021
It was very interesting to see the differences in these illustration techniques and graphic design throughout history.

Beautiful and inspiring

Arthur, October 27, 2021
Where does a flower end and the sky begin? If you look closely you might see what Einstein was referring to on the back of that old envelope.

Botanical Illustrations

Kevin, October 27, 2021
As a photographer and ceramicist I love anything with organic imagery. This volume has examples of floral art that are amazing!


Inès, October 27, 2021
Beautifully illustrated book


Niya, October 27, 2021
Amazing book, perfect for a present or to enjoy yourself!


Moises, October 27, 2021
A must in my collection

A piece of art

Andrea, October 27, 2021
What a beautiful piece of art. Full of incredible detailed pictures and drawings. Perfect to inspire and boost creativity.


María Teresa, December 27, 2021
Libro con unas ilustraciones estupendas y perfecto


Thery, November 12, 2021
Un florilege de fleurs connues et inconnues,de tres belles photos!et tres bien expliquées!!!