Botany and Botanical Art at the University of Tokyo – Tomitaro Makino and Toshio Yamada

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In 2017, botanical sketches were newly found in the backyard of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT). All the illustrations were drawn by Toshio Yamada (1882−1941), a botanical artist active from late Meiji to early Showa eras. Yamada is known as one of the illustrators of “An Illustrated Flora of Nippon” (1940), a monumental botanical publication written by Tomitaro Makino (1862−1957), a famous botanist in Japan.

These illustrations are not only excellent and truthful depictions of plants, but they are also worthy in clarifying the process behind Makino’s publications. The present exhibition showcases for the first time 60 color pictures from these botanical sketches resulting from the collaboration between a botanist and a botanical artist. It provides the public with a unique opportunity to see this new collection from the University of Tokyo, testifying to the history of botanical art that supported botanical research in the university.

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from June 24, 2020 to December 06, 2020

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