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Plant knowledge depicted

Thu 4 May, 2023
7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm BST

External group: Hybrid
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Botanical illustrations are beautiful works of art. At the same time, they provide scientists with information about plants’ shapes, colours, sexual organs, and other details.
The botanical illustrations of the Libri Picturati in the Brazilian art collection of the University of Krakow, Poland and of the book Historia Naturalis Brasiliae (Marcgrave & Piso 1648) can reveal multiple stories. These precious artifacts were created in the same colonial context of Dutch Brazil around 1640. This talk will unravel several concealed plant stories and encourage conversations with a more diverse audience about how we could address these botanical collections.

Mireia Alcantara-Rodriguez is finishing her PhD in Ethnobotany at Leiden University, the Netherlands. While studying for an MSc in Environmental Biology, she became passionate about the multiple connections that plants and peoples share.