Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Harvard’s Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants debuted in own its gallery back in 1893. At the time, botanical models were made of papier-mâché or wax and lacked the translucent qualities of living plants. George Lincoln Goodale, a Harvard professor and the first director of the school’s Botanical Museum, commissioned the Dresden, Germany–based father-and-son team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka to make the glass models in 1886. The flowers are nicknamed the “Sistine Chapel of Glass” for their excellence.
The historic collection recently reopened after its first comprehensive renovation.