preserved at the Biblioteca Nazionale di Roma (Varia 291)
Aboca Museum presents the facsimile reproduction of the fascinating anthology of plants, Hortus amoenissimus by Franciscus de Geest, a famous seventeenth-century Baroque painter from Holland (1638–1699). De Geest, who had become famous for painting portraits and still-lifes, also enthusiastically devoted himself to the illustration of flowers, which resulted in this splendid manuscript anthology of plants, dated Leeuwarden 1668 and currently held in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Rome (Varia 291).
It is a collection of 201 original drawings made directly from the plants and splendidly coloured using a combination of techniques. It provides evidence of the variety of flowered plants cultivated in botanical gardens at that time and of the extensive collections of the highly sought-after tulips originating in the Orient. The portrait format measures 447x283 mm.
The anthology is introduced by a beautiful presentation plate in which the artist offers his superb book to Flora, the goddess of Spring.
The facsimile reproduction is accompanied by a Commentary of approximately 100 pages available in both Italian and English, containing:
A presentation of the author;
A description of the seventeenth-century iconography of the plants;
An identification of the species illustrated using modern terminology.
Faithful to the beauty of the original colours, the facsimile will delight all lovers of nature, plants and flowers for the freshness of the drawings and the vividness of the tints.
A testimony to the immense variety of species that were cultivated in Europe, this is the first and exclusive reproduction of this unique and highly praised plant anthology, held in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Rome.
The tulip we have chosen as an illustration on the presentation box is the Semper Augustus, the most precious variety of all those painted by Franciscus De Geest. It was so highly sought-after that three of its bulbs could have gone for as much as 30,000 florins, almost the price of a house Amsterdam!
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION FACSIMILE PROFESSIONAL USE
Year of publication 2011
Dimensions 45 x 29 cm
201 original drawings
Commentary of 96 pages available in both Italian and English
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