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Book Illustration, Floriated Ornament; pl. 12, 1849

This is a Book Illustration. It was written by A.W.N. Pugin. It is dated 1849. Its medium is chromolithograph. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

Pugin celebrated ornamentation in architecture and looked to nature for inspiration. However, he cautioned against using fully representational flowers or other natural forms as ornament; Pugin dismissed ornamentation that “look[s] as if the flowers…were laid on the surface with no relationship to the plane.” Pugin recognizes the skill of medieval artists who translated “leaves and flowers into geometric forms; carefully arranging the shapes to fill up the space they were intended to enrich.”

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 49.5 × 32.4 cm (19 1/2 × 12 3/4 in.)

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