Friday, February 09, 2007

unexpectedly dazzling: 17th century botanical drawings of magnified roots






These are 17th century botanical images of magnified sections of plant roots, from around the time, I'm assuming, of the earliest developments of magnifying instruments. Coolness of the science aside, I am imagining these as images on silk scarves, or as a series, printed on canvases. So beautiful. Reminds me a bit of this post that lena had up a while ago....

From The anatomy of plants. With an idea of a philosophical history of plants. By Nehemiah Grew, 1682. (love the name nehemiah. so old testament! up there with Obadiah for most beautiful old new england names...)


& happy friday!... xp

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7 Comments:

Blogger midcenturyjo said...

Breathtaking!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Another Shade of Grey said...

Nice blog you have here. Thanks for stopping by.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

i definitely do! thanks for sharing! it's really inspiring for a project i'm working on now...

10:47 AM  
Anonymous casapinka said...

Really REALLY love these. REALLY! They would go so well in a room I have in mind...

11:15 AM  
Anonymous jerusha said...

these are incredible! so inspiring! thank you for sharing! :)

3:32 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Purple said...

Oh how lovely!!!
Thanks for sharing this

Chamara

11:28 PM  
Blogger Heather Moore said...

Those really are dazzling. Thanks for them.

2:37 AM  

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