Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, May 27, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, May 31, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Mann Library, Mann Lobby and Top Shelf Gallery
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Until only recently, science has generally been associated with the work of men, and its leading figures have generally been those endowed with the means to acquire an education and the time to pursue interest in scientific discovery and exploration. Yet while men received the credit and fame for advances in knowledge, women, too, contributed in significant, if generally unheralded, ways. Trained in art and pushed toward “more delicate pursuits,” many women provided the illustrations of plants that made the botanical texts of the 18th and 19th centuries the vivid, beautiful, and scientifically accurate works that they are. Sadly, a significant portion of these talented women have had the details of their lives lost to time, despite creating work both meaningful and important to the field.
With an eye towards bringing some of these hidden pioneers of science into the spotlight, Unturned Leaves: Early Women in Botanical Illustration showcases the achievements of several pre-20th century women who drew and painted plants and fungi, sometimes in support of the seminal works of their day, and sometimes primarily in support of their own personal effort to document and understand the natural world around them. Mann Library has developed this exhibit in conjunction with the Her Natural History celebration sponsored by partners of the Biodiversity Heritage Library for Women's History Month 2019.