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Rare Book Online Exhibits

Maria Sibylla Merian

This exhibition is a contribution to Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists, a collaborative city-wide exhibition of works by women artists at area museums developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Standing on Ceremony: Processions, Pathways, and Plazas

Drawing on materials from the Library and the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, this exhibition was created to accompany the Pre-Columbian Studies 2014 symposium, “Processions in the Ancient Americas: Approaches and Perspectives.”

The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

This exhibition of materials from the Rare Book Collection was designed to accompany the 2013 symposium, “The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century,” which had a strong focus on botanical books and illustrations.

Eighteenth-Century Vedute of Vienna

Books of printed vedute in the Rare Book Collection give a privileged view of the Habsburg imperial city as it developed over the course of the eighteenth century, with the construction of baroque palaces and manors.

Exuberant Visions of the German Baroque

Through selections from the Rare Book Collection, this exhibition conveys the varied and dynamic character of the German baroque, which was marked by theatricality and the attempt to achieve harmony among myriad parts.

Hans Vredeman de Vries

This selection from the Rare Book Collection contains several important titles that give a taste of Hans Vredeman de Vries’s versatility and prolificacy as a Dutch Renaissance architect, painter, and engineer.

Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants

Centered on the paintings of botanical artist Margaret Mee, this exhibit explores the traditions of women botanical artists and illustrators primarily using materials from the Rare Book Collection.