Plate 4

Crinum augustum (Giant Spider Lily, Queen Emma Lily), 1831-1834

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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.

Details
Title
Crinum augustum (Giant Spider Lily, Queen Emma Lily)
Artist Life
American (born England), 1793 - 1878
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.18,627
Provenance
Dwight E. and Helen Minnich, Minneapolis; sold to MIA, 1966.
Catalogue Raisonne
Sitwell & Blunt, Text & 53; Dunthorne 71; Hunt Cat. (1952) 18
Curator Approved

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Plate 4