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Visual Arts - The Eye of The Beholder => Eye Candy => Topic started by: lindseycarr on Aug 05, 2011, 13:39



Title: Black backgrounds
Post by: lindseycarr on Aug 05, 2011, 13:39
Couldn't find a thread for specifically this kind of imagery so thought i'd start one - mainly because I just got a book on Mary Delany and think her incredibly intricate flower collages are a thing of beauty!

(http://www.britishmuseum.org/images/ps336489_l.jpg)

(http://www.britishmuseum.org/images/ps170883_l.jpg)
Collage with over 230 paper petals in the bloom

(http://www.britishmuseum.org/images/ps319329_l.jpg)


A wee bit about Mary Delany.
Born Mary Granville, 1700 - 1788. She practised embroidery and some painting before stumbling upon the technique used for the flowers - namely using small pieces of tissue cut out and glued to a black ground to build a collage. She was 72 when she started making these and she made nearly 1000 of them! Her paper collages are stored and exhibited at the British Museum.


Title: Re: Black backgrounds
Post by: Suzanne on Aug 05, 2011, 14:23
Wow. These are insanely beautiful and detailed. Are they on permanent exhibit at the British Museum? I wanted to go there anyway to see the Treasures of Heaven exhibition while I still have an art pass.


Title: Re: Black backgrounds
Post by: lindseycarr on Aug 05, 2011, 14:56
They're amazing aren't they? Apparently she was fastidious in making sure that every flower was anatomically perfect.

Apparently there's a selection of them on permanent display in the Enlightenment Gallery, which I think is now called the Kings Gallery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King%27s_Library#Enlightenment_exhibition





Title: Re: Black backgrounds
Post by: Donnewany on Sep 14, 2016, 13:19
Sometimes simple I like this, forget it. It's what is great and I have to remember it.


Title: Re: Black backgrounds
Post by: gagakiller on May 08, 2017, 16:29
No matter where you describe. Try again or not