Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Atlas Moninckx

Between 1686 and 1709, 453 watercolour on parchment botanical pictures were made of specimens from the renowned Amsterdam Medicus Hortus. The work was commissioned by the Director of the gardens Jan Commelin, who issued one botanical volume before he died and the second was completed by his nephew in 1701.

More than 3/4 of the paintings were made by Jan and Maria Moninckx and the books have always been informally referred to as the Moninckx Atlas. Their work still generates academic study in art and botany. If I've understood the poor translation correctly, Carolus Linnaeus relied heavily on the accuracy of the material in the Moninckx Atlas in compiling his Species Plantarum book in 1753. There appears to be very little background detail in english on the internet. The original title of the volumes: Horti Medici Amstelodamensis Rariorum Plantarum Descriptio et Icones

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