About The Artist

Art by Emmanuel SweertEmmanuel Sweert, 1552-1612. A Dutch painter and nurseryman noted for his publication in 1612, Florilegium Amplissimum et Selectissimum.The work was a picture-book of plants and a sale catalogue of the plants that he stocked and which could be purchased at the stall he rented at the Frankfurt Fair. Later editions, from which these plates come, were published as true florilegia for both scientists and experts in the culture of such fine specimens. The book’s dedication states that the Emperor of Hapsburg, Rudolf II, encouraged him to depict the rare and unusual flowers in his collection and to have them etched in copper.

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