Grapes

Kreutterbuch, (Strassburg, 1580)
Author: BOCK, Hieronymus (1498–1554) Artist: David Kandel

Hieronymus Bock is one of the three German Fathers of Botany.The first edition of his herbal was published in 1546 with 550 woodcuts by David Kandel. Kandel’s hand-coloured woodcuts are both charming and informative, especially in the third part where the depictions of trees are enlivened by the introduction of genre scenes with animals and people, whose activities allude to the particular uses and character of the trees. Famous is the picture of the fig-tree, under which a boy with his trousers down drastically illustrates the purgative effect of figs.

Wunderkammer is a gallery of unique medical art from the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library.