BESLER BASILIUS

Respected Nuremberg apothecary, pharmacist, and botanist, Basler Basilius is best known for publishing Hortus Eystenttensis, a botany codex that took 16 years to compile. This book featured all the plants in Eichstatt prince bishop’s garden, containing over 1000 plant illustrations. The drawings themselves were done by other artists: Basilius was not an artist, but he mistakenly gets the credit all the time. Informative botany art is so niche that the true artists didn’t stand a chance to get mentioned. Regardless of him not being an artist, Basilius was integral to the development of this low-impact art, which would impact and improve it forever. The plant and flower drawings were not meant to be informative, not pleasing, but some of them did come out rather beautiful.

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