First book to depict an individual's garden


Ulinka Rublack's research into the first book ever to depict an individual's garden is captured in this video about the famous Hortus Eystettensis, published in 1613. It forms part of her recent book on German art from the Renaissance to the Thirty Years' War, Dürer's Lost Masterpiece (OUP). The garden belonged to the Bishop of Eichstätt, and Ulinka's book reveals why men like the Bishop owned so few paintings but invested so much in other types of decorative expenditure, including bulbs and books on flowers. It shows Germany's dynamic and globally intertwined culture, which served to create conversations between different faiths in an age traditionally associated only with religious narrow-mindedness and violence.