Plate 469

Amaryllis brasiliensis (Brazilian Amaryllis), 1816

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Botanical illustrators working in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries devoted themselves to the medicinal qualities of plants and sought to render plant structure and function as precisely as they could. Later, European explorers brought specimens back from exotic locales, and artists carefully reproduced them for an audience fascinated by new discoveries. By the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, artists had shifted their emphasis from scientific illustration to the innate beauty of the plant or flower. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is fortunate to possess an impressive collection of more than 2,000 botanical prints and drawings.

Amaryllis brasiliensis (Brazilian Amaryllis)
Artist Life
Flemish (active France), 1759–1840
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Dunthorne 231 Nissen 1597 Hunt 10, 45
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Plate 469