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March 25–June 3, 1996
East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery of Art.


Original exhibition poster
(click to enlarge)

Overview: Combining quotes about plant life from famous literary sources with everything from contemporary fine press and artists’ books, facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts and Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, Renaissance herbals and botanical studies, baroque emblem books and garden literature, and 19th-century manuals on flower painting, this exhibition created a visual history of flora in art.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Gregory Most, head of the slide library, was curator.