[Emmanuel Sweert]Ornatiss. et Expertiss. Emanuel Sweertius Septimont [...]
Portrait of Emmanuel Sweert (1552-1612), who in 1612 published his famous 'Florilegium' (to which this portrait is the frontispiece), a superb volume of engravings of flowers. The volume was essentially a sales catalogue, in which the beauty of the engravings served to promote the desirability of the plants. This portrait however, with the flower in Sweert's left hand balanced by the skull on which his right rests, is a reminder of the mixed symbolism of flowers.
[Ref: 39203] £320.00