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Visible EmpireBotanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment$
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Daniela Bleichmar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226058535

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226058559.001.0001

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Painting as Exploration

Painting as Exploration

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(p.78) Chapter Three Painting as Exploration
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Visible Empire
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Daniela Bleichmar

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226058559.003.0004

This chapter analyzes the botanical illustrations of the natural history expeditions of the Spanish Empire. It discusses how the illustrations look like, how they were made, and how they were used in multiple contexts, particularly in the context of taxonomic identification. It describes the differences in the illustrations made by European and non-European artists of the New Granada expedition and suggests that these differences were part of a conscious effort to develop a distinctive style that expedition director Jose Celestino Mutis and his artists considered better suited to botanical illustrations.

Keywords:   botanical illustrations, natural history expeditions, Spanish Empire, taxonomic identification, New Granada expedition, Jose Celestino Mutis

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