Whether in the service of myth, as muse, symbol, or specimen, plant and animal life have captivated the imaginations of humans for millennia. Flora + Fauna features works assembled at Saint Vincent over the past 175 years that range from carefully detailed zoological illustrations to modern abstract landscapes – each citing flora and fauna from across continents and centuries that reflect evolving attitudes of the natural world. Both the symbolic and the scientific lend themselves to processes of comparison, portrayal, characterization, and association. To underscore the interplay between visual representation and biological research, curatorial selections for Flora + Fauna have been made by Dr. Jim Kellam, associate professor of Biology, Dr. Michelle Duennes, assistant professor of Biology, and Andrew Julo, curator of the Saint Vincent Art & Heritage Collections.
Natural History of Plants in Pictures with Explanatory and Instructive Texts for School and Home. Thomas Driendl (1807 – 1859), self-published in Munich, 1850 – 1855, German, Saint Vincent Special Collections.