We start from first cover, a gardenia designed by the Englishwoman Linda Garland, who trained by studying the painting of the English Pre-Raphaelites and Symbolists and illustrated the world Fantasy by Tolkien. Then there are the works of Gabriella Gallerani, who designed the covers of Gardenia, and the watercolors of Massimo Demma, who also presented animal life, being the natural science expert that he is. There are illustrations of trees and shrubs, precise and refined drawings garden designerthe Gardenia Agendas from 2008, the watercolors of Stefano Faravelli, an internationally renowned artist, famous for his travel notebook, who “on the path of the notebook” encountered botany…

Silvana Rava, Rosa Senator La Follette (tempera on paper)

The illustrated botanical exhibition

There will be this and many other beautiful things to see at to show Illustrated botany has just been inaugurated at the Natural History Museum of Milan (open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday). The absolute protagonist of the event is the magazine Gardeniaa reference for readers passionate about gardening and green culture (published by Cairo Editor and led by Emanuela Rosa-Clot).

The exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the magazine: everyone will be able to admire an overview of the original drawings by artists and illustrators published in the pages of the periodical from 1984 to today. To enrich the display of the original plates a selection of insect specimens from the entomological collections of the Natural History Museumchosen by museum experts based on the flowers and plants represented in the illustrations.

“When Gardenia was born, technical drawing existed in Italy, but not narrated drawing. To bring readers closer to the world of the garden, we also needed an illustrated story,” explains the director of the magazine, Emanuela Rosa-Clot. “A story which then began on the cover and unfolded in the pages of the magazine, where the drawings still give life today to garden projects created by landscapers, to gardening operations suggested by experts months later month. Botanical illustrations are also the protagonists of the Agenda that we create every year.”

The exhibition poster

Collaboration with the Museum

Promoted by Culture of the Municipality of Milan And natural History Museum and designed by Gardeniathe exhibition it will be open until Sunday May 12 and is part of the program of two initiatives that will animate the city: Milan Arts Week (April 8-14), the week dedicated to art coordinated by the Municipality of Milan in collaboration with Miart, the modern and contemporary art fair of Milan, and FuoriOrticolathe program of initiatives spread throughout the city which opens on the occasion of the big Orticola market-exhibition on May 6 and continues throughout the month with initiatives related to flowers and botany in museums , villas, castles, gardens, vegetable gardens and shop windows in every corner of the city. the city.

“The Natural History Museum, in collaboration with Gardenia, traces the history of the famous illustrations which contributed to the great success of the magazine” specifies thecultural advisor Tommaso Sacchi. “The collaboration between the Museum and Gardenia will continue in the future with a new project which concerns the redevelopment of an interior courtyard of the Museum, with the aim of transforming it into a garden.”

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