Hand Colored Botanical Print by Dutch Artist Abraham Munting, 1696
An exquisite hand-colored botanical print by the artist Abraham Munting, from the book titled Naauwkeurige Beschryving Der Aardgewassen, or: Accurate Description of Terrestrial Plants. Abraham Munting (1626-1683) was a Dutch botanist and botanical artist. He was the lead professor of botany and chemistry in Holland, at the University of Groningen. There he directed one of the most extensive botanical gardens of the period from 1658 to 1683.
This print is from an early florilegium that has an unusual scheme for botanical illustration. The drawing recalls a surreal landscape, and is almost futuristic in vision as well as design; plants fill the foreground or float in midair above idyllic and classical landscapes in the distance. The Latin name Polygonum Argenteum Latifolium is presented on ribbon-like scrolls between plants, and on a wall. The setting is a private garden. The inclusion of a setting or landscape as a backdrop to botanical studies was quite innovative. The hand coloring of the engravings is delicate and beautiful. Each hand colored engraving measures 8 x 12.5 inches. The framed print is 15 x 19.5 inches. Mounted and professionally framed, archival quality. This print is from Abraham Munting’s most famous work Naauwkeurige Beschryving Der Aardgewassen (1696), was published posthumously and is an enlarged and revised version of his previous book Waare Oeffening der Planten (1672, 1682).
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 15 in | WIDTH: 19½ in
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