Models for Drawings and Drawings for Models

Event Date: 
October 23, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Models for Drawings and Drawings for Models:
Including the Botanical and Invertebrate Glass Models of Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka

A presenation by Gretchen Halpert

Where: Harvard University Herbarium
22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA  

When: October 23, 2018 12:00-1:00 pm

Scientific illustrators employ whatever means to help accomplish their goals. They design models to help visualize and draw their subjects, and they make careful observational drawings in order to create models. This presentation explores both, with a focus on the historic drawings and glass models of marine invertebrates and botanical specimens by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. Examples of maquettes, plaster, and paper models are shown. Flame-working technique and the use of glass models for natural history museums may inspire you to grab some glass rods and a torch to create your own scientific models.

Pictured: Glass model of Panicum boreale (Model 784), Rudolf Blaschka, 1923. 
The Archives of Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka and The Ware Collect of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants,
Harvard University  © President and Fellows of Harvard College  

Contact Gretchen for more details: [email protected]

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Glass model of Panicum boreale (Model 784), Rudolf Blaschka, 1923.