Printmaking in the Service of Botany
21 April – 31 July 1986
This exhibition included over 70 examples of botanical prints tracing the curious and colorful history of printing botanical images over five centuries in Europe. Drawn mostly from the Institute's collection, the prints—ranging from woodcut to present-day color print—were selected with an emphasis on the technical problems relating to the field of printing. Some examples of printing surfaces (woodblock, copper plate and stone) and a few of the artists' original drawings were included. A catalogue accompanied the exhibition. A 2003 exhibition, American Botanical Prints of Two Centuries, traced the history of botanical printmaking in America.