lundi 26 mai 2014

Illustration dans l'histoire de la médecine physiologique

Illustration and Identification in the History of Herbal Medicine

Herbal History Research Network Seminar

Wednesday, June 18 2014

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Jodrell Lecture Theatre
Richmond TW9 3DS
United Kingdom

Main speakers:
Julia Boffey
Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
Isabelle Charmantier
University of Exeter
Maria Daronco
University of Udine, Italy
Anne Stobart
Herbal History Research Network
Frances Watkins

University of East London, UKThe aim of this day seminar on Wednesday 18th June 2014 is to bring together researchers to explore issues related to plant illustration and identification in the history of herbal medicine. Correct identification of plants in the past has been of great importance, whether for foods, medicines or other purposes. But to what extent did people in medieval and early modern times learn about plants with medicinal uses from illustrations in herbals or elsewhere? Matters of interest include ways in which illustrations were produced, the role of illustrations, dissemination of information about plant identification, significant observers of plants and their approaches to plant description. This day seminar at Kew Botanic Gardens near London, UK, has been organised with a particular focus on presenting research into finding and interpreting archival and other sources relating to the history of herbal medicine.

This event is organised by the Herbal History Research Network group which aims to promote research into the history of herbal medicine. The Network helps to connect together people who share common interests in researching the history of herbal medicine through seminars and other events. For further details of the Network contact Anne Stobart at

Please see the supporting material for the day seminar programme and registration form.


10.00 Registration, tea and coffee provided

10.30 Welcome

10.45–1.15 Session 1: Knowing plants through illustration
Identifying plants in the Old and Middle English tradition of herbal knowledge
Professor Maria D'Aronco (University of Udine, Italy)

Medieval herbal illustrations and advances in realism
Dr Celia Fisher (Independent researcher/art historian)

Plant illustrations: how printers sourced images in early printed herbals
Professor Julia Boffey (Queen Mary, University of London)

1.15–2.15  Lunch (included in registration cost)

2.15–4.00 Session 2: Developments in plant identification
The Evidencer: William Turner's use of first-person testimony concerning plant identification in his physic and natural history. 
Marie Addyman (Independent researcher)

Rethinking Carl Linnaeus and his use of visual representation of nature.
Dr Isabelle Charmantier (The Linnean Society)

4.00–4.30 Closing discussion: Dr Anne Stobart, (Herbal History Research Network)

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