Johann Leypoldt's "Tomatoes"

Title

Johann Leypoldt's "Tomatoes"

Subject

Tomatoes

Description

Depicted is John Leypoldt's smooth-cut copper engraving of tomatoes growing on a vine, which was reprinted by the Library of Congress. The image was likely originally drawn and colored by Basilius Besler, for whom Leypoldt worked as an engraver. The image was published as Plate 320 in Hortus Eystettensis, which included images of all of the plants in the garden of Konrad, bishop-prince of Eichstatt. Konrad served as the patron of both the garden and the botanical guide, hiring apothecary and botanist Besler to compile the work. The plates ranged in size from 21.25 to 21.5 inches in length by 16 to 18.5 inches in height. The engraving was a botanical image, which would have accompanied text describing the plant's physical features and supposed medicinal qualities. Such a guide would have aided in the identification of various types of plants.

Creator

Johann Leypoldt

Source

Hortus Eystettensis
Reprinted with permission of Library of Congress in The Besler florilegium : plants of the four seasons / introduction and commentaries on the plates by GĂ©rard G. Aymonin ; foreword by Pierre Gascar ; translated from the French by Eileen Finletter and Jean Ayer (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1989).

Publisher

Printed by Konrad Bauer at Altdorf
Commissioned by Konrad, bishop-prince of Eichstatt

Date

1613

Contributor

Melanie Sheehan

Rights

Library of Congress

Relation

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Format

Smooth-cut engraved copper plate

Language

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Type

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Identifier

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Coverage

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Original Format

Smooth-cut engraved copper plate

Physical Dimensions

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Files

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Citation

Johann Leypoldt, “Johann Leypoldt's "Tomatoes",” Food origins, accessed November 30, 2023, https://tenochtitlan.omeka.net/items/show/14.