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Re: VMs: Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, 6th-8th May 2004

Hi Rene

I looked at herbal drawings from 15thC in Wellcome.  Some are accurate enough to be readily recognized.  Clearly the poor quality drawings are less likely to have survived (they could have caused death).

But VMs 22 as per you link is wrong on so many points, and is schematic to a weird degree (it is difficult to imagine what was being conveyed by rows of overlapping 'leaves' - even allowing for problems of perspective known to have cropped up in relation to, say, drawings of buildings).

It could more plausibly be peony, but only just!



Rene Zandbergen wrote:
--- William Edmondson <w.h.edmondson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

But also of note is that the VMs conatins nothing
which looks like a rose, or does it?

It depends how much fantasy one has :-)
Keeping in mind what has been said about the
accuracy of ME botanical drawings (I think I read
it in Toresella's article), where elements that
belong to a flower are occasionally drawn as
tubers or v.v. (plants have even been drawn upside
down), then, with the right amount of fantasy,
f22v could be a rose.


I am sure this can be challenged :-)

Cheers, Rene

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