Drawing upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschka’s Glass Models
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This book was designed to supplement an exhibition of glass models by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 18 to November 25, 2007. It was conceived, however, when the Corning Museum and the Botanical Museum of Harvard University jointly purchased the remaining Blaschka studio materials from Gertrud Pones, Mrs. Rudolf (Frieda) Blaschka’s niece, in 1993. Drawing upon Nature contains reproductions of 59 of the more than 900 drawings of invertebrate animals and plants created by the father and son flameworking team Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, which are now among the treasures of the Corning Museum’s Rakow Research Library. The book includes two essays. The first, written by David Whitehouse, is a relatively straightforward historical account of the models of invertebrate animals. The section on botanical models, written by Susan M. Rossi-Wilcox, provides a travelogue of Rudolf Blaschka’s field expeditions to North America in 1892 and 1895. Following the essays are two collections of drawings, 27 (and three prints) of invertebrates and 30 of botanical specimens, with captions that identify and describe the species represented. The brief introduction to the drawings offers the reader a guide for interpreting the Blaschkas’ references.