Pierre-Joseph Redouté. An artist whose brush breathed life into botanical masterpieces, remains an icon in the annals of art history. Born in the heart of the eighteenth century, his journey unfolded against the backdrop of artistic fervor and the golden age of botany. His oeuvre reflects an artist enamored with the elegance of flora, capturing the essence of petals and leaves in a dance of precision and grace. Pierre-Joseph Redouté was one of the most talented botanical artists ever known. Redouté was fortunate to become an artist who was patronized by the leaders of France from Louis XVI to Napoleon. His status and reputation was enhanced in no small way due to his patronage by two of the premier first ladies of European history - Marie Antoinette and Josephine Bonaparte.