The language of flowers: symbols and myths

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Prestel, Mar 30, 2006 - Art - 95 pages
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This revised flexi-cover edition of a popular gift book of Renaissance and Baroque floral paintings features numerous full-color illustrations and informative commentary. Arranged alphabetically, the flowers depicted in this book by artists such as Brueghel and William Morris display a full array of emotions and ideals, declarations of love, gestures of gratitude, and expressions of sympathy. Each full-color, full-page illustration is accompanied by a descriptive text explaining the flower’s symbolism, mythological importance, and meaning in the present day. From Hippocrates’ discovery of the healing powers of the iris to the daffodil’s connection with Christ’s resurrection, this captivating collection of botanical art, enhanced by Marina Heilmeyer’s insightful commentary, reminds us of the power and eloquence of nature’s most exquisite gifts.

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About the author (2006)

Marina Heilmeyer has long been associated with the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum in Berlin. She has organized several garden-related exhibitions and is the author of a number of books on flowers and fruits.

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