Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"Botanical Art: A Historical Overview – Where Art Meets Science"
Sue Aldworth, Botanical Illustrator

  • Thursday, January 25, 2007 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

In past ages, physicians turned to artists to illustrate medicinal plants and herbs. In more recent times, botanists have relied on artists to document new plant species. All over the world, botanical artists and illustrators are now collectively producing more works than ever before.

Botanical art survived through the Middle Ages, flourished during the Renaissance, and expanded during the Age of Exploration. Now in the Twenty-first Century, botanical artworks are highly valued and increasingly sought-after. In a presentation highlighting the most important figures in the development of the tradition of Western botanical art, Sue Aldworth, professional botanical artist, illustrator, and instructor, introduces you to the exciting world of botanical art and the botanical works of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Maria Sibylla Merian, George Dionysius Ehret, and Pierre-Joseph Redoute. See if you can identify the plants in these historical botanical artworks, and learn more about the triumphs and the challenges of this compelling art-form!

Sue's botanical greeting cards and giclee prints will be available for purchase before and after the lecture.

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00. Bring your membership card to check in quickly, but as always, we will have a membership list at registration.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this event.