Grad Art

Hedera Mutante: Changing Ivy

Hedera mutante (Changing ivy) is about the shifting body of Hedera helix whose metamorphic form and changeable nature has generated curious representations and interpretations from Theophrastus’s 4th century B.C. account up to the present. The small book exhibition includes 16th century herbals including Leonard Fuchs’s New Herbal of 1543 as well as more recent works on ivy and an herbarium plate of pressed leaves. This display of botanical illustrations in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408)¬†draws mainly from the collections of the Chapin Library and was curated by Brandon Scott, M.A. ’19.