The mythical basilisk, 1497.

 
The mythical basilisk, 1497.
4 0 c m
 
35cm
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

Description

Woodcut of the creature which had the wings of a bird, the tail of a dragon or serpent and the head of a cock. The deadliest of the mythical creatures, it was believed that its glance was fatal. Illustration from 'Hortus Sanitatis', ('Garden of Health'), printed by Johann Pruss in Strasbourg in 1497. Hortus Sanitatis was the most popular and influential herbal of its time, and served as an encyclopaedia of all knowledge and folklore on plants, animals, and minerals. It combines elements of natural history with subjects traditionally found in herbals, and includes many mythical creatures. Many of the woodblock engravings were taken from the German 'Herbarius' (1485), itself derived from earlier herbals, repeating many of their errors.

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