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The Drawings of Mushrooms by Claude Aubriet / Les Dessins de Champignons de Claude Aubriet

Art / Photobook
Series: Des Planches et des Mots Volume: 5
By: Xavier Carteret(Author), Aline Hamonou-Mahieu(Author)
329 pages, 97 plates with colour illustrations; colour illustrations
The Drawings of Mushrooms by Claude Aubriet / Les Dessins de Champignons de Claude Aubriet
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Language: Bilingual in English and French

The handwritten documents of the Jussieu's, professors of botany at the Jardin du Roy and subsequently at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle from 1710 until 1853, were acquired by the Muséum in 1858 after the death of Adrien de Jussieu. Kept in the main library of the Muséum, these collections constitute a rich source of information for the study of the history of natural sciences, in particular the history of the garden and of botany.

The oldest documents include, e.g., a folder containing 98 colour plates of mushrooms prepared around 1730 by Claude Aubriet (ca. 1665-1742) under the direction of Antoine de Jussieu (1686-1758). Claude Aubriet, painter and miniaturist at the Jardin du Roy, is known for this illustrations in the Élemens de Botanique published by Jospeh Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708) in 1694. Because of their quality, these plates have been used, e.g., by Linneaus.

These mushroom paintings were prepared in a key period in the history of mycology when Pier Antonio Micheli published in his fundamental work (Nova Plantarum Genera, 1729) a fine study on fungi, accompanied by excellent engravings in black and white. The artwork of Aubriet, usually carefully done and clearly depicting the species, is precious because colour illustrations of mushrooms dating from before the end of the 18th century are very rare. They also reflect the lack of understanding at that time of the cryptogams, whose structure, reproduction, and existence in general, remained mysterious.

Les Dessins de Champignons de Claude Aubriet will be of considerable interest to mycologists and will contribute to our acquaintance with Claude Aubriet. Moreover, it will underline the decisive role that scientific illustrations have played in the course of history.

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Les documents manuscrits de la famille des Jussieu, professeurs de botanique au Jardin du Roy puis au Muséum d’histoire naturelle (1710-1853) ont été acquis en 1858 par le Muséum après la mort d'Adrien de Jussieu. Conservés à la Bibliothèque centrale du Muséum ils forment un fonds riche d'informations pour l’histoire des sciences, particulièrement celle du Jardin et celle de la Botanique.

Parmi les plus anciens, se trouve un portefeuille contenant 98 dessins de champignons (en couleur), réalisés vers 1730, par Claude Aubriet (c. 1665-1742) sous la direction d’Antoine de Jussieu (1686-1758). Claude Aubriet, peintre miniaturiste au Jardin du Roy, est connu pour la réalisation des illustrations des Elémens de botanique que publie Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708) en 1694. Ces dessins sont loués pour leur précision par Carl von Linné lui-même.

Les dessins de champignons par Aubriet furent exécutés à une période «clé» dans l’histoire de la mycologie, puisqu’en 1729, Pier Antonio Micheli publie dans son ouvrage fondamental (Nova plantarum genera) une étude précise des champignons, accompagnée d’excellentes gravures en noir et blanc.

Les réalisations d’Aubriet, souvent soignées et fidèles aux modèles, sont précieuses car les représentations en couleurs de champignons sont rarissimes avant la fin du 18e siècle. Elles témoignent en outre du regard que l’on portait alors sur ces cryptogames, qui apparaissaient bien mystérieux du point de vue de leur organisation, de leur reproduction et, pour tout dire, de leur «existence» même. Cette publication intéressera vivement les mycologues et contribuera à faire connaître Claude Aubriet. En outre, elle souligne le rôle décisif que les illustrateurs scientifiques ont toujours joué au cours de l’histoire.

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Art / Photobook
Series: Des Planches et des Mots Volume: 5
By: Xavier Carteret(Author), Aline Hamonou-Mahieu(Author)
329 pages, 97 plates with colour illustrations; colour illustrations
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