Botanic Japan: visualising science – the Japanese collection at Kew

November 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre
The British Museum
Masumi Yamanaka, ‘Gingko biloba (detail)’. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. © Masumi Yamanaka

Masumi Yamanaka, ‘Gingko biloba (detail)’. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. © Masumi Yamanaka

Toshiba lectures in Japanese art and science 2016 – FREE – BOOKING ESSENTIAL

One of the most beautiful, colourful and precise of all technical drawings, botanical art has taught us much about the complex world of botany and continues to enthral many of us to this day.

Its history is rich and extensive, and the horticultural regions covered is equally vast. As Japan engaged with the West, botanical images of Japanese plants and flowers were relayed back to Europe by Westerners. They appeared as reproductions in much coveted publications such as Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold’s Flora japonica (1835–1870) and Engelbert Kaempfer’s The History of Japan (1727), and stoked curiosity and imagination about the flora and fauna of the lands in the Far East.

As part of the Toshiba lectures in Japanese art and science, the Sainsbury Institute invites Masumi Yamanaka, one of the most celebrated botanical artists working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to provide a guide to the world of horticultural images. Joined by Dr Mark Nesbitt from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Masumi will explain why botanic art is much more than pretty watercolour paintings.

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