Linnaeus and Glimpses of Paradise
Date and time17.2 – 28.8.2022
A garden tells a great deal about people and their relation to the environment, as it develops at the interface of nature and culture. Gardens have always served as a mirror of our dreams and worldviews. Every gardener creates a personal paradise.
A proper history of gardens in Finland begins with the work of two naturalists, Pehr Kalm (1716–1779) and his teacher Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778). At the time there was a strong link between botanical research and garden art. Gardeners prided themselves with their rare plants.
Gardens have always been a source of wellbeing and joy, with flowers providing both visual and olfactory delight. The use of flowers as symbols or ornaments developed into botanical portraiture in the 17th century. In the visual arts the use of flowers as symbol or ornament develops into true flower portrait in the 17th century. The floral still life was born. Pictures became an important aspect of the study of nature and its illustration. Artists specialising in flower painting – a significant number of them women – also left their mark on botanical publications.
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