Science Art: Medlar, Poppy Anenome, Pear by Hoefnagel and Bocskay, 1561-2.

Wildflower and fruit, from two 16th-century Europeans.

More specifically:

Medlar, Poppy Anenome, Pear ( 1561 – 1562 ).

Watercolour, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment by Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 – 1600) and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575).

Image and text courtesy The Getty.

I guess if you’re going to use gold and silver to paint with, you make sure it’s right.

Hoefnagel (who as far as I can tell was just Flemish, not Hungarian) is also known as a maker of marginalia and miniatures. Precision counts there, too. He helped create “still life” as a genre.

Bocskay (who was Croatian) was the court calligrapher for Emperor Maximilian II.

Found via Scientific Illustration.