Perpetual Bloom: Botanicals in the 18th-Century Interior Through July 31, 2021

Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, presents special exhibitions twice a year.

Throughout the 18th century, new ideas about nature, based on scientific discoveries and geographic explorations, resulted in extraordinary representations of the natural world in the visual arts. As European nations explored distant lands and established colonies in the Americas, South Africa, and Asia, botanicals flowed into Europe from all over the world.

Scientific discoveries and the new print culture helped fuel botanical study and the close observation of nature. These new discoveries ignited a craze for landscape gardens both in and out of doors. Perpetual Bloom explores the ways in which botanicals were displayed and re-created in domestic interiors during the 1700s. The exhibition features a variety of works, including porcelain, silver, and engravings.

Perpetual Bloom: Botanicals in the 18th-Century Interior | March 10–July 31, 2021

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


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