Very little is known about The Green Florilegium. Neither signed nor dated, it is generally attributed to the German painter Hans Simon Holtzbecker and originates from the library at Gottorp Castle in Schleswig, on the border of Germany and Denmark. The album now resides at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Recently the book was painstakingly restored, allowing the delicate illustrations to come to new life in their original colours. This beautiful and affordable volume reproduces the original work of 400 botanical illustrations in its entirety. It also includes an introductory essay and captions with basic information on each flower. This lovely book is a must-have for lovers of botanical illustration and a sublime example of the art of conservation.
''It's the perfect coffee-table book - leaving it open to any page is like having a permanent bouquet of flowers in your space.'' --Martha Stewart, Home Design
''Eternally fresh... so beautiful it deserves its own gazebo.'' --The Wall Street Journal
''The illustrations here are finely wrought and wonderfully coloured... Each page is meant to be lingered over in this splendid and sprawling lap garden.'' --The New York Times
About the Author
HANNE KOLIND POULSEN is Senior Researcher and Curator at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen.