Out of all the illustrations in all the books in Special Collections, this one ranks high among my favorites. It’s the last image in Leonhart Fuchs’ stunningly illustrated herbal De historia stirpium comentarii insignes, and it acknowledges just how important the artists were in the production of this book. This is thought to be the first book that has portraits of the artists, and here they are, in hand-colored woodcuts, labeled with their names and the tools and activities of their trades.  At the top, Albertus Meyer produces an illustration from a live specimen, while Heinricus Füllmaurer transfers the drawing to a woodblock.  

The sculptor, Vitus Rodolph Speckle, appears below.  He would have carved the wooden blocks so they could be used to print the intricate illustrations that appear in this work, but he is the only one of the three who is not depicted working with his hands. Perhaps this denotes that Speckle held a higher status than Füllmaurer or Meyer, an idea that relates to Renaissance debates about which art form was greatest: painting, sculpture, or architecture.

- Kelli

 Fuchs, Leonhart, 1501-1566. De historia stirpivm commentarii insignes … : adiectis earvndem vivis plvsqvam quingentis imaginibus … Accessit … uocum difficilium & obscurarum passim in hoc opere ocurrentium explicatio. Basileae : In officina Isingriniana, 1542. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare Vault QK41 .F7  

Fall in love with someone who wants you, who waits for you. Who understands you even in the madness; someone who helps you, and guides you, someone who is your support, your hope. Fall in love with someone who talks with you after a fight. Fall in love with someone who misses you and wants to be with you. Do not fall in love only with a body or with a face; or with the idea of being in love.
—  Love and Happiness

today a kid randomly raised his hand and asked me if I believe that gay people should be able to get married, and when I said, “that has nothing to do with the topic at hand” (because I’m not allowed to voice my opinions because I might taint young minds or whatever), he said, “I don’t, but I treat them nice anyway. I’m nice to everybody,” and then I had to completely turn away and redirect my attention so I wouldn’t start lecturing him on how calling anybody who’s different from you “them” is inherently othering and disrespectful and ignorant and how would you feel if there was a law that stated that you were less than human, and as I’m writing this I’m thinking about how for my students there is such a law, and there’s the threat of a wall, and they still have so much hate and ignorance within them, and I’m so grateful for my ability to empathize with those who are different from me and if there’s one thing I can pass onto my students, it’s that.