17-31 January 2022
Attention is drawn to the botanical models of the Brendel Company. It was founded in 1866 by Robert Brendel in Breslau. The models were created from moulds, the main material being papier-mâché with the use of a variety of additional materials: wood, gelatin, feathers, wool, beads, etc. The Brendel models collection was acquired for St Petersburg University in 1897, when the head of the department was Khristofor Gobi. The collection includes models of flowers, inflorescences, morphological formations of mosses, algae, conifers, and anatomical models. Having survived the difficult years together with the country, the models are in varying degrees of preservation. Some of them are still used to this day as visual material for lectures and practical classes.