Johannes Gessner was a botanist and illustrator who lived in the late 1700s. His most significant contribution to the world of botany was his work on Tabulae phytographica.
If you love the beauty of plant illustrations, you're in for a treat. Gessner created these incredibly detailed and gorgeous plant drawings that are still admired today..
What makes Gessner's work so impressive is not just the accuracy and detail of his illustrations, but also his innovative use of color.
He was one of the first botanical illustrators to use the technique of hand-coloring his drawings, which added a level of realism and beauty that was unprecedented at the time.
Gessner's illustrations were also important from a scientific perspective. Before the invention of photography, botanical illustrations were the primary way to document and study plant species.
Gessner's work on Tabulae phytographicae helped botanists and scientists of the time to identify and classify plants more accurately, and it continues to be a valuable resource for botanists today.
But beyond their scientific importance, Gessner's illustrations are simply breathtaking. Each drawing is a work of art in its own right, with a level of detail and beauty that is truly awe-inspiring.
Other vintage botanical posters you might also want to check out on the site are the amazing flower charts of the French Illustrator Adolphe Millot.
You'll find hundreds more wonderful vintage botanical images on the site. They are all in the Public Domain and free to download and print in high resoloution.