Aboca Museum presents the new edition of its desktop calendars.For 2017, its pages are adorned with elegant plates from Erucarum ortus, alimentum et paradoxa metamorphosis.
The history of botany and the spotlighting of its rarest and most precious aspects has always been a part of Aboca’s mission.Erucarum ortus, alimentum et paradoxa metamorphosis, which was printed in Amsterdam in the 1720s, contains one of the best-known studies of botany and entomology of the Age of Enlightenment.It owes its fame to the extraordinary artwork of Maria Sybilla Merian, a gifted painter and intrepid naturalist who overturned the conventions of the rigidly male world of the Dutch scientific community. Her conviction that every species should be painted in its natural environment led her to undertake an adventurous expedition to the forests of Suriname, to see for herself the metamorphosis of the caterpillars that populated the area.
The originals of the plates reproduced in the 2017 diary can be found in the Aboca Museum’s Bibliotheca Antiqua.While copies of the work normally contain black and white engravings, Aboca’s specimens stand out for their delicate use of contemporary watercolour.
The prints from the 2017 collection can be cut out and framed.The fine detail in the printing and the quality of the paper enable each image from the calendar to be transformed into a beautiful botanical artwork.
The selection of flowers in the Botanical desktop calendar, 2017 collection
Cover: French hollyhock (Malva folio hederaceo)
- January: Pear tree (Pyrus prafina, florens)
- February: Common mallow (Malva)
- March: Indian cress (Nasturtium indicum)
- April: Broad lived purple iris (Iris hortensis latifolia)
- May: Rosa mundi (Rosa versicolor)
- June: Mountain pansy (Viola lutea, pleno flore)
- July: Sweet violet (Viola martia purpurea)
- August: Gold red lily (Lilium aureum)
- September: Cabbage rose (Rosa centifolia, batavica, rubra)
- October: Morning glory (Convolvulus)
- November: Sowbread (Cyclamen flore purpureo)
- December: Windflower (Anemone, flore coccineo)