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H. Sperling - 18th Century Engraving, Virginitas Defensa

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H. Sperling - Original 18th Century Engraving. Part of a series of natural theology engravings from Physica Sacra, by Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (b.1672). To view all in our collection, please click here. Signed in plate. On watermarked laid. Condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration.


30.8 x 19.8cm (12.1" x 7.8")
Sheet: 40.5 x 24.6cm (15.9" x 9.7")
Plate: 30.8 x 19.8cm (12.1" x 7.8")

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Originally published in 1731, the Physica Sacra features over 700 copper plate engravings. It is a compilation of art, science and spirituality in which Scheuchzer uses the Bible as his reference point for describing the natural world and its processes. With a fine balance of careful observation and allegorical imagination, these depict such scenes as: lamenting fetal skeletons with the motto “homo ex humo” (‘man from the ground’, or ‘dust’); a variety of anatomical views of the human body projected on drapery or foregrounding mysterious landscapes; birds in biblical landscapes augmented by baffling cyphers; comparative snowflakes with the text “thesauri nivis” or “treasures of snow”; and much more. These images serve as an excellent reminder that our views of science—and particularly the study of the human body—have changed over time.

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Code nm792
Artist H. Sperling
Date 18th Century
Dimensions 30.8 x 19.8cm
Framed No
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Miscellaneous
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