08/16/2019

Another Botanical Artist

Here are some gorgeous photos from another German woman who was a botanical artist who featured butterflies in some of her drawings — and birds!

Barbara Regina Dietzsch (German painter & illustrator)

Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783) was a member of an important family of painters, engravers, and musicians that flourished in Nuremberg during the eighteenth century.

The patronage of Dr. Christoph Jacob Trew, the great botanist and bibliographer, made Nuremberg one of the foremost centers of botanical art in the world, and the Dietzsch family was one of the most noted of the era.

Even at the time of its production, the work of Barbara Regina Dietzsch was much sought after by collectors in both the Netherlands and in England. It is recorded that some of the best-known painters of the time accepted her works as a form of payment, signaling the great reputation she attained during her lifetime–a celebration that has continued to grow in the intervening centuries….her work was of such outstanding quality that it was used by Trew and Georg Ehret for a number of plates in the Hortus Nitidissimus (1750-86)….

What separates the work of Barbara Regina from that of her other family members is the remarkable clarity of depiction and skill in rendering. With unbelievable mastery and stylistic power, Dietzsch overcame contemporary estimations of women’s inferiority in the field of art, creating watercolours of distinctive splendor.

 

 

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One Comment
  1. That is watercolor? Wow. Amazing detail.

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