1998, 143 pages, 123 illustrations (whole page). Commissioned from an unknown artist by the Dutch pharmacist Theodorus Clutius (1546-98) as research material for doctors and herbalists – and later used by artists – the beautiful, detailed botanical watercolors illustrated in this book epitomize the Renaissance interest in and exploration of the natural world. These art treasures were considered lost for 40 years after World War II until their discovery in the Jagiellon University Library in Kraków, Poland.
The watercolors rival those of Duerer, Leonardo and Besler for beauty and accuracy. The plants, trees, fruits and herbs reproduced here in large, facsimile-style color plates can easily be recognized by botanista and gardeners today: they range from rose and columbine to sweet pea, cherry, wild waterlilies with a tiny frog nestling among them, sage, thyme, rosemary and spices.
Hardcover; 9-1/2 x 12-1/2″.
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