Alia Lima Citrata Oblonga sive Scabiosa et Monstrosa – Oblong, or scurvy and monstrous Cedro Lime – Sheet 337
„Hesperides sive de Malorum Aureorum Cultura et Usu“ – Hesperides or the Cultivation and Use of the Golden Apples
Giovanni Battista Ferrari (Siena 1584-1655), copper engraving by Cornelis Bloemart II (1603-1684), published by Hermann Scheus, Rome 1646.
Sheet size: 35 x 24 cm, print size: c. 30 x 20 cm
Life-size, beautiful Italian citrus fruit, 17th century
Copper engravings with bold studies on citrus fruits and some with allegorical scenes on the Hesperides, the custodians of the tree with the immortality-conferring golden apples, planted from the fruit branches that Gaia gave to Hera as a wedding gift when Hera accepted Zeus.
From "Hesperides sive de Malorum Aureorum Cultura et Usu Libri Quatuor" by Giovanni Battista Ferrari (1584-1655). One of the most splendid and scientifically precise botanical works of the 17th century. The illustrations were designed by the foremost artists of that time, including Nicolas Poussin and Guido Reni. They were mainly engraved by the Dutch printmaker Cornelius Bloemaert (1603-1684). The work was published by Hermann Scheus, Rome 1646.