The art of knowledge: educational botanical wall charts 1870 - 1960

A collection of the Stichting Academisch Erfgoed

In the course of the last century and a half, large colour representations of plants and parts of plants were used to illustrate lectures on botany: the so-called educational wall charts. They give an impression of the knowledge, research and academical education in the field of botany in the Netherlands during the years 1870-1960.

Photografic portrait of Hugo de Vries, professor of botany at the University of Amsterdam

Drawing on the huge collections of the Universities of Groningen, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Delft and Wageningen, totalling some 2,300 printed and handmade wall charts, a selection has been made for the Memory of the Netherlands.

Examples from this collection The art of knowledge: educational botanical wall charts 1870 - 1960

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