RECENT BOTANICAL ART OF THE
SONORAN DESERT -
1960s to the Present
Artwork in the following section of the exhibit covers the spectrum of botanical art. Displayed are works that range from detailed and accurate renderings of plants intended to complement the scientific text written by a botanist, to less detailed naturalistic works in which plants are identifiable but the emphasis is on their beauty rather than descriptive scientific detail.
Artists’ notations are often seen on the illustrations in this section. These are to assist the illustrator as well as the author and publisher of the scientific publication to correctly reference and understand size relationships among the images. The notations are an integral part of the illustration.