Original drawings for Gessner’s Historia animalium

Drawing of a hare from Ms III C 23, 48, © Amsterdam University Library. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Drawing of a hare from Ms III C 23, 48, © Amsterdam University Library. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Visitors of this blog will recall Florike Egmond’s fascinating account about how she discovered the original drawings for Conrad Gessner’s Historia animalium (1555-8) that were absorbed into Felix Platter’s collection. These drawings are kept at the Dept of Special Collections at Amsterdam University Library. Their digital images are now available to view at Flickr.

Part 1 (fishes and other aquatic creatures) https://www.flickr.com/photos/bijzonderecollectiesuva/sets/72157632809370911/

Part 2 (quadrupeds) https://www.flickr.com/photos/bijzonderecollectiesuva/sets/72157632814218926/

Florike’s Gulbenkian lecture on natural history drawings is also available here.

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  1. Pingback: New Book by Florike Egmond: Eye for Detail | Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit

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