Conrad Gessner “Green Lizard” Woodcut c.1550s
Offered is an original 16th century hand-colored woodcut from Gessner’s Historia Animalium, published in Zurich from 1551-1558 and in 1587. The print is handsomely framed in gilded moulding.
Conrad Gessner (1516-1565)
A Swiss naturalist, botanist, physician and classical linguist, he is considered to be the father of modern zoology. His most important work, Historia Animalium was a 4 volume encyclopedia of animals. It was the first comprehensive work to accurately record and describe the animal kingdom (although included also were several fictitious animals such as mermaids and unicorns). Nonetheless, it was a very important work and served to pave the way to modern biology.
Included in the 4 volume work were hand-colored woodcut prints of animals from which this print , entitled “de Lacerate Viridi.” is one. The print was purchased from J.C. Martinez Gallery, a well-established antique print gallery in Paris, France.
sight 2⅞ by 6½ inches
frame 10½ by 13¾ inches
The print is in excellent antique condition with vivid hand coloring. The framing is also excellent and was custom-made by Taylor Clark in Baton Rouge, LA.