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Margaret Stones, Andersonia caerulea [Foxtails] and Dryandra formosa [Showy dryandra], c. late 1940s, watercolour. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest 1973
Drawn from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, this exhibition brings together celebrated works that illustrate the natural world in exquisite detail. The bird prints commissioned and published by John Gould were made in the mid-nineteenth century at the height of Europe's interest in science and natural history. The exactitude and fine aesthetic qualities of the lithographic illustrations set the benchmark for the highest standards in illustration for both scientific and artistic purposes.
Margaret Stones began her career in the 1950s and belongs to the scientific tradition of botanical illustration. Stones has achieved much international recognition for her illustrations throughout her career and is one of Australia's most renowned botanical artists. This exhibition includes outstanding single illustrations of flowering plants as well as annotated sketches more akin to scientific studies.
Just opened! Activate,animate, complicate, grow: what new acquisitions can do to and for the collection showcases 22 artworks recently acquired by the University of Melbourne in dialogue with existing works from the collection. Presented as individual ‘case studies’, the relationships between works demonstrate the ways that new additions breathe life into permanent collections.
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