Natural History Science: Martin Heade and Botanical Painting

Although a major artist, Heade had no difficulty painting from a natural history perspective.

This painting is in the style of the natural history scientists.

Such pictures were regularly excecuted by naturalists associated with the American Philosophical Society, a forerunner of the Smithsonian Institution.

Martin Heade, Magnolia Grandiflora, 1880s, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston