Anna Vaiana (died ca. 1655) Quarto engraving hand colour BOUQUET Botany - 1638
In the first part of the seventeenth century a few women began to work professionally as artists and engravers, particularly of botanical works which were deemed appropriate subject matter. Anna Maria Vaiani was one such woman and learnt her art from her father the painter and engraver Alessandro Vaiani. Little is known of her life however an example of her work can be found in the prestigious book De Florum Cultura, to which many famous artists contributed illustrations. Although only one plate is signed by her, featuring a bouquet of rare flowers cultivated in gardens in Rome, it is believed she designed and engraved many other illustrations in this work.
Giovanni Baptista Ferrari (1584 - 1655) - Fine Quarto engraving with land colour - Sinensis Rosae Arbuscula - Chinese Rose - 1638
Issued in the 1638 edition of Ferrari's spectacular Flora ouero cultura di fiori.
16 x 23.3 cm
Later hand colour.
The engravers who have been identified to have worked on this plates for this work include A.M. Variana, Pietro Cortona, Guido Reni and A Sacchi.
Reference: Nissen BBI 620; Pritzel 2877.
A very fine engravings from the first edition in Italian of the earliest treatise on the contemporary flower garden, a masterpiece of baroque copper engraving sponsored by the Barbarini family. The four books describe innovations in garden techniques, choice of site and preparation, and selected species for planting with latest methods. Ferrari details the use of flowers in arrangement, both in the soil and as artistic devices; knowing their various characteristics and qualities he describes how best to enjoy each kind.