Flowerbomb — Teylers Museum


Colorful exhibition in Teylers Book cabinet about flowers and the cross pollination between art and science

Jul 25, 2016 to Jan 08, 2017


Plants use their colorful flowers to lure insects, birds and humas. To flowers, we're all allies who can care for their reproduction. In return they offer nectar, seeds, fruits, a lovely aroma and their beauty. Unsurprisingly, flowers are a huge source of inspiration not only to flower growers, but also to artists and scientists. Studying a flower may help to give insight (or even reveil!) the secrets of nature.

Cross polination between Art and Science

This exhibition presents a colorful bouqet of botanical books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, all from Teylers' Museum natural history library. Together, they are a wonderfull illustration of the cross pollination of art and science.

The most famous anthology

Perhaps the most famous anthology ever published is the book that the Nuremberg pharmacist Basilius Besler compiled of the Hortus Eystettensis in Eichstätt, Germany. Although no botanical details are published, the manner of blooming of 667 species is depicted with extraordinary finesse. Teylers Museum owns a very rare copy of this book: it combines the luxurous edition of the Hortus with an unknown and probably later added handwriting. Come have a closer look yourself!


 H.J. Elwes, A monograph of the genus Lilium, z.p., 1880