America, a Personification (ca. 1590)

A late 16th-century Dutch print depicting a female personification of the continent America, engraved by Flemish designer and engraver Adriaen Collaert after a desi…more

Flowers of the Sky

Depictions spanning almost a whole millennium – in chronological order – of comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars….more

The Art of Swimming (1587)

Selections of the forty beautiful woodblock illustrations from Everard Digby’s De Arte Natandi (The Art of Swimming) published in 1587, considered the first English…more

Hirschvogel’s Geometria (1543)

Selected pages from Geometria by Augustin Hirschvogel (1503–1553), a German artist, mathematician, and cartographer known primarily for his etchings. In this vers…more

16th-century Prosthetics (1564)

Images of mechanical prosthetics as designed by Ambroise Paré in his book Dix livres de la chirurgie (Ten books of Surgery). Paré was the official royal surgeon f…more

Engravings by Dominicus Custos

Dominicus Custos (1560 – 1612), was a Flemish artist, printer and copperplate engraver, who specialised in depicting notable figures of his time – producing boo…more

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