London: Kew Publishing (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), 2009. First Paperback Edition. Paperback (Outsized). Used - Fine/As new. Color illustrations and reproductions of artwork. Original illustrated wraps with oversize French flaps. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. 23 x 29 cm. Item #6093
This book was published for the 'art meets science' exhibition of the same name at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2009/10 to celebrate Kew’s 250th anniversary and Darwin’s bicentenary.
The exhibition (and the book) provides an overview of plant relationships based on contemporary scientific discoveries and DNA test.
-- 136 botanical paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, by 84 artists, cover 44 orders of plants in 118 families, and a total of 134 species, providing a sweeping overview of the evolution of plants on earth.
-- The paintings display a sampling of the plant world from fungi to daisies, including algae, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants arranged in the most up to date evolutionary sequence, determined by recent DNA analysis.
-- The text accompany each image of paintings in the exhibition comments on the artist's background, and the artist’s observations in the context of modern plant classification.