"Limon di Salerno Monstroso", Volkamer, Johann Christoph
Subject: Prints Botanical
Period: 1710 (circa)
Publication: Nurnbergische Hesperides
Color: Hand Color
7.8 x 12.2 inches
19.8 x 31 cm
Johann Volkamer was a wealthy Nurnberg merchant who owned magnificent orchards and a fine orangery. At his expense, he employed a number of draughtsmen and engravers to execute depictions of his fruit, which he published under the title of Nurnbergische Hesperides, with over 100 plates. Unlike other 18th century botanical engravings are set against plain backgrounds, Volckamer filled in the lower section of his plates with views of palaces, gardens, landscapes and seascapes in Germany, Austria and Italy. These delightful additions make the Volckamer engravings especially attractive. This engraving shows a giant lemon from Salerno, Italy with a quaint view of a city street below.