A fine giclée reproduction of a hand-colored antique depiction of a sunflower by Basilius Besler. The Italian gesso-and-wood frame is hand-finished by craftsmen using traditional 17th-century Florentine techniques. It is distressed in gold.
Basilius Besler was responsible for creating the most celebrated florilegium ever published. Created in Germany in the early 1600s, the Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of all of the plants that were grown in the gardens of the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. It was the very first time that flowers had been grown for pleasure rather than for medicinal purposes.