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Madonna lily or white lily, Lilium candidum

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Madonna lily or white lily, Lilium candidum

Madonna lily or white lily, Lilium candidum. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from William Curtis Botanical Magazine, London, 1794

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Candidum Curtis Lilium Lily Madonna


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This exquisite handcoloured copperplate engraving showcases the ethereal beauty of the Madonna Lily, Lilium candidum, as it was depicted in the prestigious Botanical Magazine of London in 1794. The Madonna Lily, also known as the White Lily, is a symbol of purity and innocence, with its large, pristine white flowers and elegant, tall stems. The intricate details of the petals, veins, and stamens are meticulously rendered in this beautiful illustration, which captures the delicate balance between the robust structure of the plant and the delicate fragility of its blooms. William Curtis, the renowned botanist and founder of the Botanical Magazine, was dedicated to documenting and disseminating knowledge about the natural world. The publication of this engraving marked a significant contribution to the scientific record of the Madonna Lily, which continues to captivate gardeners, naturalists, and artists to this day. The handcolouring adds an additional layer of artistry to the engraving, enhancing the visual appeal and bringing the flower to life in a way that a black and white reproduction could not. The Madonna Lily is native to the Mediterranean region and has been cultivated for its beauty and symbolism for centuries. Its large, fragrant flowers have been used in various religious and cultural traditions, including as offerings to the Virgin Mary and as decorations for weddings. Today, it remains a popular ornamental plant in gardens around the world, a testament to its enduring appeal and the power of botanical illustration to capture the imagination and inspire wonder.

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