This study is pleasurable as it is full of insight.
Today we need books like Fisher's to help us unlock the hidden messages behind the petals.
- Plaza Watch
Sumptuously illustrated, filled with fascinating details and esoteric information, this is a charming book for any garden, flower or art aficionado to dip into at leisure. A delight for anyone interested in the meaning of flowers in Renaissance art.
An accomplished art historian [Fisher] is particularly illuminating about the lesser flowers of Renaissance art: the colombines, poppies, peonies, stocks, strawberries, thistles, larkspurs, periwinkles and grasses which she ties together in unexpected ways.
- Times Literary Supplement
Editor's choice: The revelatory text and copious illustrations bring out an array of hidden treasures, whether in the grass at a saint's feet, on the sleeve of an Elizabethan lady, or inside the lid of a Florentine wedding chest, which shed a delighful new light on Renaissance art.
- Good Book Guide
An elegantly designed oversize volume generously illustrated with full-page Renaissance paintings and some textiles and tableware.
- Book News
In its well-focussed way this book provides an epic manner in which to learn about plants and gardens and, more importantly, gives a glimpse of how they connect to so much else.