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Basil Thyme, Poppy Anemone, and Myrtle

Joris Hoefnagel, ca. 1595

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Museum quality Giclée print
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1" border
Image Size: 8.2" x 12" – Total Size: 10.2" x 14"
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Page from a remarkable book entitled Mira calligraphiae monumenta (The Model Book of Calligraphy), the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel. In the early 1560's, while secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, Bocksay produced his Model Book of Calligraphy, showing off the wonderful range of writing style in his arsenal. Some 30 years later (and 15 years after the death of Bocskay), Ferdinand's grandson, who now owned the book, commissioned Hoefnagel to add his delightful illustrations. It would prove to be, as The Getty, who now own the manuscript, comment, "one of the most unusual collaborations between scribe and painter in the history of manuscript illumination". (Image source: The Getty)