More Living Ideas

Our editors share their inspirations every day

Home Design with Kevin Sharkey

On My Bookshelf: The Green Florilegium

Posted by

Image converted using ifftoany

Translated from the Latin, florilegium literally means "collection of flowers," and the 178 elegant and vibrant illustrations in the recently restored "The Green Florilegium" are perfect for a flower-enthusiast like myself. The delicate and detailed illustrations, which were recently restored to their original colors from a mid-17th century collection of gouache paintings by Hans Simon Holtzbecker, are essentially portraits of different flower species. They come to life in bold hues and life-like detail throughout the volume. It's the perfect coffee-table book -- leaving it open to any page is like having a permanent bouquet of flowers in your space.

According to Hanne Kolind Poulsen, who wrote the introduction to the newly restored edition, very little is known about Hans Simon Holtzbecker's life, education, and influences. While he was a well-known and well-respected flower painter and garden enthusiast from Hamburg, Germany, there is almost no trace left of his personal or professional life. What we do know is that his passion for his subjects comes through clearly in the restored paintings, which are not only lifelike and carefully studied, but are beautiful to look at. Check out some images from the book below.

Back
1 of 7
The petals and leaves of these garden tulips are so lifelike. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing

1 The petals and leaves of these garden tulips are so lifelike. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing

I love how Holtzbecker compares different colors of the same species of flowers. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing

2 I love how Holtzbecker compares different colors of the same species of flowers. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing

These tiny hyacinth blooms are so delicate and lovely. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

3 These tiny hyacinth blooms are so delicate and lovely. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

Hertzbecker endows these basic garden tulips with so much color and life. Courtesty of Prestel Publishing.

4 Hertzbecker endows these basic garden tulips with so much color and life. Courtesty of Prestel Publishing.

These beautiful pink roses are some of my favorite from the book - they are vibrant and exciting, and somehow capture the ephemeral beauty of flowers in general. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

5 These beautiful pink roses are some of my favorite from the book - they are vibrant and exciting, and somehow capture the ephemeral beauty of flowers in general. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

Isn't the blue, yellow, orange and green of this iris beautiful? Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

6 Isn't the blue, yellow, orange and green of this iris beautiful? Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

The colors of these two flowers compliment each other beautifully and show off the artist's attention to detail. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

7 The colors of these two flowers compliment each other beautifully and show off the artist's attention to detail. Courtesy of Prestel Publishing.

You May Also Like:

You May Also Like:

Comments (1)

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them.