Sunday, February 26, 2006

Erbario di Firenze










This (anonymous I assume) Florentine manuscript from the latter part of the 15th century is online at the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence via F. Datini. So it predates Aldrovandus (Ulisse Aldrovandi).

3 comments :

misteraitch said...

Its’s very interesting to see those head-shaped roots in an earlier manuscript than Aldrovandi’s, which leads me to wonder just how far back this particular imagery goes…

pk said...

Yeah, I was surprised when I saw the dates. I'm not really sure how to find out the history of the imagery. I'll have to think about that.
Hippocrates wrote the first herbal in 400bc I believe.

I'm not so sure about where the timeline goes from there. Also, medicine/alchemy/horticulture get quite mixed up of course - in terms of searching.

So I'm not even sure what my guess would be either in relation to the origin of such plant illustration abstractions.

Michael said...

Thanks

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