The Drawings of Mushrooms by Claude Aubriet

Xavier Carteret and Aline Hamonou-Mahieu

Xavier Carteret and Aline Hamonou-Mahieu

Distributed for French National Museum of Natural History

329 pages | 97 color plates | 9 x 13 1/2
Cloth $118.00 ISBN: 9782856536544 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
 In 1730, noted painter and miniaturist Claude Aubriet created ninety-seven color plates that depicted a wide-range of mushrooms. Because of their high quality, the paintings were used by numerous scientists from the period, including Carl Linnaeus. In this book, Xavier Carteret and Aline Hamonou-Mahieu reproduce Aubriet’s stunning images, describing the rarity of color illustrations of mushrooms before the end of the eighteenth century. They reveal that these drawings reflected the period’s lack of understanding of fungi, when the structure, reproduction, and general existence of mushrooms remained a mystery. A welcome volume for mycologists and for fans of Aubriet, this book underlines the decisive role scientific illustration has played throughout history.
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