An offset color aquatint lithograph after botanical engravings by Jacopo Ligozzi of the plant Narcissus Gazzella. On the lower left there is a print 'J. Ligozzi Sec. XVI', and on the lower right - 'Firenze – Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe'. The lithograph is mounted under glass with a lavender mat in a wood frame that is wired for hanging. There is an inscription from a previous owner in the back.
Length and width: 15" x 10.5" (38 cm x 26.6 cm).
Thickness of the frame: 0.8" (2 cm).
Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627) was a sixteenth century Italian painter, illustrator, designer, and miniaturist. His art can be categorized as late-Renaissance and Mannerist styles. Born in Verona, Ligozzi was recorded in Florence by 1575 at the court of Francesco I de’ Medici and remained active there until his death. He was much appreciated not only in his time but into the 17th century. Baldinucci, the 17th-century chronicler of the arts, called him a 'pittore universalissimo'. Francesco I de’ Medici commissioned from Ligozzi various sheets of plants and animals. Apparently, he brought examples of his marine drawings with him when he came to Florence and was promptly commissioned more. These fish must have been drawn dead, but they look alive and still dripping. Ligozzi equally painted mammals and rodents, seemingly frozen in time, every hair rendered in detail. The artist contributed to establishing a stylistic genre in naturalistic painting that took off in the subsequent decades, one that now we consider “typical of the Renaissance” and quite different from the modern, neutral scientific aesthetic. His plant specimens, such as the one pictured on this lithograph, are veritable portraits. They often include small insects, roots or dirt. They show a healthy admiration for nature, a humility in the act of collection, observation and rendering.