Author(s): Pierre Joseph Redoute; James Sowerby
Roses offers the complete collection of artists Pierre Joseph Redoute and James Sowerby's magnificent engravings of roses--plus a DVD containing a complete library of images in one unique, affordable package. Part of Collins Design's Mini Archive series, Roses is the first book to pair Sowerby, one of the fathers of English botany, with Redoute, the Belgian-born artist known as the "Raphael of Flowers" in the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Dynamic and informative, with a comprehensive index allowing Sowerby and Redoute's beautiful images to enter modern science's botanical taxonomy, Roses is an essential collection for students, teachers, lovers of botany, and anyone stirred by the beauty of roses.
Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759 - 1840) was born into a family of Belgian painters. At the age of 23 he left Belgium for Paris to study with the finest flower painters in France. Dubbed the “Raphael of flowers,” Redoute’s ability to capture flora with extraordinary accuracy became legendary in 18th Century Europe, as he served as drawing master to the queens and princesses of France for over half a century. Most notably, he was an official court artist during Queen Marie Antoinette’s reign in Versailles.