IIf you’re like us, you probably have an ever-growing list of places you want to go when it’s all over. Sometimes these ideas come from the most unexpected places. This week’s pick for Just Booked (our series on beautiful coffee table books on travel), Flower: explore the blooming world, is one such source.
Posted by Phaidon this fall, this bright orange tome is filled with 4,000 years of flower art. Rather than being ordered chronologically or by genre, the works in the book are paired up on facing pages to play on top of each other. So you have wonderful situations like a spooky vase from 1736 with “one hundred flowers” decorations facing an equally intense floral background found in Kehinde Wiley 2013 Portrait of James Hamilton, Earl of Arran. Or, an 1850s photogram of Anne Atkins and Anne Dickinson of common poppies juxtaposed with Macoto Murayama’s digital botanical illustrations of sweet pea flowers.
Yes, it’s an art-driven book. But for us, it turned out to be one of the most useful travel books we’ve come across in quite some time. It’s filled with art from all of those fabulous places you’ve been or wanted to go. And there’s a good chance you’ve overlooked those works at the center of so much history, culture, fashion, and industry because, well, it’s floral art. But whether it’s sea daffodils from 1600 BC found in Santorini or still lifes from the Belvedere in Vienna, you will definitely add more to your must-sees.
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