Small Motifs of Insects and Plants

Printmaker: Georg Herman (German, born Ansbach 1579– after 1625)

Date: 1596

Medium: Blackwork and engraving

Dimensions: Plate: 2 11/16 x 1 13/16 in. (6.8 x 4.6 cm)

Classifications: Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1942

Accession Number: 42.86.4(8)


This small print shows a somewhat random collection of various insects, plants, a snail and a turtle. Motifs like these could be used individually as (engraved) decoration on all kinds of objects. The print is part of a series of eight done by Georg Herman. Georg was the son of Stephan Herman, a goldsmith, printmaker and publisher working in Ansbach between 1568 and 1596. Because he signed most of his prints, we know that he made most of them between the ages of 15 and 24. The current series dates from 1596 when the artist was 16 years of age. Although he is thought to have been active as a goldsmith, other than his prints no pieces by his hand are known to have survived.