georg bocskay

▪Insects, Carnation, and Judas Tree.
Artist/Maker: Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 - 1600)
and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575)
Culture: Flemish and Hungarian
Place of origin: Vienna, Austria
Date: 1561 - 1562; illumination added 1591 - 1596
Medium: Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment

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These are pages from an absolutely extraordinary book called Mira calligraphiae monumenta. The book was first written by Georg Bocskay in 1560s a showcase of the highest quality calligraphy. In 1590s the book was reprinted with addition of natural history-themed drawings by Joris Hoefnagel. 

You can find the whole collection of drawings from the book on google art archive.

The titles of  drawings:

Gillyflower, Insect, Germander, Almond, and Frog

Chard Leaves and Red-Winged Grasshopper

Queen of Spain Fritillary, Apple, Mouse, and Creeping Forget-Me-Not 

▪Flower Arrangements, Peacock, Butterflies, and Insect.
Artist: Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 - 1600)
and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575)
Culture: Flemish and Hungarian
Place of origin: Vienna, Austria
Date: 1561 - 1562; illumination added 1591 - 1596
Medium: Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment

In 1561-62 Mira calligraphiae monumenta, imperial secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, inscribed the Mira calligraphiae monumenta as a testament to his preeminence among scribes. He assembled a vast selection of contemporary and historical scripts, which nearly thirty years later were further embellished by Joris Hoefnagel, Europe’s last great manuscript illuminator.
This book, now in the collection of the Getty Museum, is reproduced here in complete facsimile form, accompanied by a commentary that includes a full description; a discussion of the work’s patron, Rudolf II, and his cultural and historical milieu; biographies of Hoefnagel and Bocskay; and an analysis of the manuscript’s role in their careers. The manuscript’s remarkable calligraphy will be of particular interest not only to scholars but to collectors, graphic designers, and typographers as well.