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ARTWORK OF THE WEEK
ATENA ELENA SIMIONESCU MEMORIES, MIXED MEDIA ETCHING ON HANDMADE PAPER, 77 x 56 CM
This week I choose Memories, 77 x 56 cm, mixed media etching by Atena Elena Simionescu. Every one of her botanical prints is one of a kind and made on handmade paper. It is the artists personal investigation into the natural world. Her delicate artworks capture the fragility of our world.
History of Botanical Illustrations
It is the art of depicting, form, color and detail of plant life. It can be traced back to 50 t0 70 CE, when the book De Materia Medica was created by Pedanuis Dioscorides (greek botanist). In the 18th century many advances in the printing processes were made. Details of plants appeared more accurate on paper and increased an interest in botanical illustrations. Works of Anne Pratt, Maria Sybilla Merian and Ernst Haeckel inspired future generations of artists. ©AlexandraD