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By Framd | 02 April 2019

Botanical art: Bringing nature into your home

You will probably already have a good idea of what ‘botanical art’ is from the name alone, but this style is more than simply pictures of flowers – it is much more scientifically designed and thought out, and that is of great importance.

Botanical art

Botanical art is accurate down to the tiniest detail. Whereas a beautiful image of a plant might be something that tugs at the heart or creates emotion when it is looked upon, when you look deeper, the true details will be missing. Not so in botanical art which manages to combine scientific accuracy with stunning artistic ideas.


A Fusion

In other words, botanical art is a fusion of science and art, two subject that might usually be thought of as being mutually exclusive. It is the idea of providing information to those who want it (through drawing), but also of creating something that someone without any scientific background or even much of an interest in the makeup of plants would still want to hang on their wall. For those who want both knowledge and beauty, there is nothing much else that compares.


Leonardo da Vinci
The Art of the Plant – Leonardo da Vinci
Maria Sibylla Merian
Maria Sibylla Merian “Plate LII (Pear Blossom)”


What To Look For

If you are keen to collect botanical art to bring nature into your home in a pure form, there are some key elements to think about; these are what make botanical art different from other forms and styles, and what you need to consider when you are looking to buy something in this arena.


  • Enjoy It

If you are intending to hang this art in your home or your office, you need to enjoy it. That is first and foremost, and really is the key to all art that you intend to buy; if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t appreciate it and give it the due it deserves. Plus, why would you have something in your home that you simply don’t love? This is your chance to find the thing you enjoy the most, and take it home with you. 


  • Skill and accuracy

Of course, skill is important in botanical art. Not only must the image be attractive and something you will want to keep returning to time and again, but the accuracy must be on point – you should be able to see each part of the plant in detail, and it should be exactly as you would find in nature. Botanical art is no place for stylized imaginings, no matter how beautiful they may be. 


  • Crisp and clearly defined

The image must be crisp and clearly defined; think of it in terms of what a scientific study might need to see in order to get all the facts and information. Again, a vague idea of a flower might be a stunning piece of art, but it is not what is known as botanical art, and therefore would look out of place in your collection. There should also be a scale attached if the plant has been drawn larger or smaller than is lifelike, or it should be exactly the right size. This entails plenty of measurements and again, more accuracy.






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