Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus is best known for his two-name method for identifying plants and animals. Considered the “father” of modern taxonomy, Linnaeus named approximately 4,400 species of animals and 7,700 species of plants.
Edvard Koinberg has made it his grand project to photograph the flowers classified by Linnaeus in all of their tactile, sensuous, voluptuous beauty. These photographs come from his Herbarium Amoris (Floral Romance), which follows the structure of Linnaeus's pioneering floral calender of 1756. Using specimens of more than 20,000 plants from around the world, Linnaeus grouped them according to their blooming time and classified species by the number and arrangement of their sexual organs. “In the world of plants,” Linnaeus writes, “these organs are not hidden: on the contrary, they are usually revealed for all to see! Above all other parts of plants, they are the most beautiful and lovely, awakening our solicitude, our affection, and our eager eyes.”