Book Illustration, Floriated Ornament; pl. 12
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.)