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Garzoni, Giovanna, 1600-1670
[Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], [ca. 1650]


Digital facsimile

[1], 50 leaves of plates : all col. ill. ; 46 cm.

Title from spine label.

Garzoni's signature appears on the plants in plates 6 and 8.

Three blank leaves precede and 3 blank leaves follow leaves of plates.

Fifty watercolors of plants, and a frontispiece, by Giovanna Garzoni.

The full-page watercolors measure 49.5 × 38 cm. Plates have nos. inked at top right corner of leaves.

Frontispiece is a self-portrait in red and black chalk within an elaborate frame supported by three putti. On the frame, in capital letters in heavy ink, is written: Giovanna Garzoni. Ascolana Miniatrice. The lower right corner of the frontispiece bears the ownership stamp of the Strozzi family: three crescents addorsed above a regardant eagle with wings expanded, framed within a medallion; the motto "Expecto" appears within the medallion's borders, all surmounted by a princely crown.

Each plant drawing is accompanied by an inscription that identifies the species; on most sheets, the botanical name appears in an unidentified hand at the upper-right corner, and is repeated in the artist's hand at the root of the plant.





Garzoni, Giovanna, -- 1600-1670 -- Self-portraits.; Botanical illustration -- Italy -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.; Botany -- Italy -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.; Endemic plants -- Italy -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.; Wild flowers -- Italy -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.