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The Flora Danica: What can you learn from pictures of flowers?

Uvularia amplexifolia (Streptopus distortus Michx.) from Flora Danica

Uvularia amplexifolia (Streptopus distortus Michx.) from Flora Danica, 1816. Editor: Jens Wilken Hornemann. Copperplate engraving with watercolour on paper, Plate Mark: 22 x 37.5 cm.Gift of Dr. Jane Phillips, 2019. 2019/2297.

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The Flora Danica: What can you learn from pictures of flowers?

Monday, January 18, 11 am
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Close Looking: Flora Danica

While we are in deep freeze here in Toronto, Alexa Greist, Associate Curator and R. Fraser Elliot Chair, Prints & Drawings, will explore nine hand-coloured engravings of flowers, fungi and lichens that were gifted to the AGO in 2019. All the engravings come from the ambitious Flora Danica, a series of books documenting the plants of Denmark and neighbouring countries. Undertaken by 11 editors and numerous painters, engravers and printers over 122 years (1761–1883), the Flora Danica is part of the long history of  how visual knowledge spread before photography.

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