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Heartsease or wild pansy, Viola tricolor

Heartsease or wild pansy, Viola tricolor. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher mediinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewachse, (Handbook of all medical-pharmaceutical plants), Jena, 1876

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Artus Gewachse Hand Atlas Handbook Heartsease Herbal Medical Pharmaceutical Mediinisch Pharmaceutischer Pansy Sammtlicher Tricolor Viola Wild Willibald


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This exquisite hand-colored copperplate engraving depicts the enchanting Heartsease or Wild Pansy, Viola tricolor. The image is taken from Dr. Willibald Artus's comprehensive Handbook of all Medical-Pharmaceutical Plants, published in Jena, Germany, in 1876. The Heartsease, also known as the wild pansy or three-faced-maiden, is a beloved flower in the Viola genus. Its distinctive features include its delicate, violet-blue, heart-shaped blossoms, which bear intricate white and yellow markings resembling the human heart. The Heartsease was highly regarded in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties. The plant's leaves and flowers were used to treat various ailments, including heart conditions, skin irritations, and even melancholy. The engraving's meticulous details reveal the intricacies of the Heartsease's veined leaves and the delicate interplay of its colors. This botanical illustration is a testament to the artistry and scientific precision of the 19th century. The hand-coloring process adds an additional layer of beauty and depth to the engraving, making it a captivating work of art as well as an essential record of natural history. The Heartsease continues to be admired for its aesthetic appeal and its historical significance in the fields of botany, medicine, and art. The Handbook of all Medical-Pharmaceutical Plants was a groundbreaking publication that documented a vast array of medicinal plants, providing valuable information for botanists, medical professionals, and researchers. This Heartsease engraving is a testament to the rich history of botanical illustration and the enduring fascination with the natural world.

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