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Phytanthoza Iconographia
Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (German, 1683 – 1741)
Hand-colored engraving
Image : 13 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (34.29 x 21.27 cm)
Sheet : 15 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (39.37 x 24.13 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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As the director of Regensburg's longest established apothecary, Johann Wilhelm Weinmann’s wealth and success allowed him to pursue a passion for botany. Over time, he grew a botanical garden that was used as the basis for his magnum opus Phytanthoza Iconographia, an extensive work featuring eight folio volumes complete with 1025 hand-colored engravings. Yucca, a botanical print depicting the Yucca gloriosa flower and white ginger species, is the 1024th plate. The project was the result of Weinmann’s utilization, and ultimate exploitation, of many different individuals skilled in art and craft. The first artist employed by Weinmann was Georg Dionysius Ehret, who rose to be one of the 18th century's most prominent botanical artists. After the creation of five hundred drawings, Ehret and Weinmann quarreled over the amount of a payment owed to Ehret. Ehret’s involvement in the project ceased, and he was replaced by other artists, yet his artistic skill remained unsurpassed. [Emily Lindbloom2020]

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