Today’s Muse: The Glass Flowers

With spring finally in full bloom, Today’s Muse naturally needed to be botanically inspired. Several months ago I was lucky enough to visit Harvard Museum of Natural History and see the most outstanding collection of glass flowers. The impressive collection of over 3,000 models, representing more than 830 plant species, were created by a father-and-son team, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka between 1887 and 1936. Commissioned by Professor George Lincoln Goodal, founder of the Botanical Museum, these remarkable glass flowers were intended to be used for scientific study and teaching purposes. However, with their extraordinary precision and craft they surely surpass their utilitarian function and become spectacular works of art. Continue reading how these beautiful botanicals have inspired everyday life…

selection of glass flowers from the Harvard Museum of Natural History by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka
selection of glass flowers from the Harvard Museum of Natural History by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka

You may not be able to have a collection of glass flowers, but you can celebrate the beauty of nature and channel your inner botanist with these nature inspired items!

The Botanist

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