Unlike the Coloquios, which it succeeds, and the Hortus, which it pre-dates, I argue that the "Gurney" is not based on a South Asian or an indigenous template but belongs firmly within a European herbal tradition, (8) being chiefly modelled after John Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum (1640) (figure 2), (9) although it also drew from other sources as Linschoten's Itinerario.
John Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum. Courtesy Welcome Collection.
8 LOTHAR BAUMGARTEN'S THEATRUM BOTANICUM (FONDATION CARTIER POUR L'ART CONTEMPORAIN, PARIS) Driven by Herve Chandes, whose view is that all creative impulses are interrelated, the foundation always presents innovative exhibitions.
Eyebrows have been raised at this courageous piece of casting - even though the company responsible, Theatrum Botanicum, is notorious for its controversy- courting tactics - but Dannii isn't worried about the critics.