The Raphael of Flowers
#OTD Twenty years after the death of Joseph Banks, the "Raphael of flowers," Pierre-Joseph Redouté died.
He was known for his watercolors of roses and lilies. He's often referred to as the greatest botanical illustrator of all time.
He was an official court draftsmen to Queen Marie Antoinette. One evening around midnight, she summoned him to appear before her and she asked him to paint her a cactus.
He also became a favorite of Josephine Bonaparte and his paintings of her flowers at Malmaison are among his finest works.