Book/Printed Material "Hortus Regius" or Queen Christina's Genealogical Tree with Political Emblems. Hortus Regius

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Title

  • "Hortus Regius" or Queen Christina's Genealogical Tree with Political Emblems.

Other Title

  • Hortus Regius

Summary

  • Hortus Regius (The royal garden) was given to the Swedish queen Christina about 1645 by its creator, the diplomat Shering Rosenhane (1609-63). With this elegant manuscript, Rosenhane wanted to celebrate the first year of the queen's reign. The volume is introduced by a full-length portrait of Queen Christina. Hortus Regius is an emblem book, in which each emblem consists of textual and pictorial elements. Elements from classical, medieval, and contemporary literature of a sententious character useful to a queen are combined with illustrations by the Dutch painter Pieter Holsteyn the Younger (circa 1614--73). The Hortus Regius is intended as a kind of mirror for princes-a book of instruction for a sovereign, in which the tone is set by virtue and where the essential principles are patience and prudence. Whereas the manuscript is largely based on other international emblem books, the illustrations are to some extent adapted to a Swedish context. The subtitle of the work, "Queen Christina's Genealogical Tree with Political Emblems," indicates the importance of genealogy in the emblematic genre. The manuscript is bound in red morocco and consists of two main parts, of which the first contains many illustrations alternating with genealogical trees and emblems. The emblems are accompanied by quotations in Latin, Italian, French, and Spanish. The second part of the volume is a list of contemporary princely houses in Europe. The manuscript was later in the possession of J. Alströmer, who in 1769 presented it as a gift to the future King Gustav III of Sweden. It was acquired by the National Library of Sweden at the end of the 18th century, along with the rest of the king's library.

Names

  • Holsteyn, Pieter, II, around 1614-1687 Artist.
  • Rosenhane, Schering, 1609-1663 Author.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1645.

Headings

  • -  Sweden
  • -  1645
  • -  Allegory
  • -  Christina, Queen of Sweden, 1626-1689
  • -  Emblems
  • -  Kings and rulers
  • -  Latin poetry
  • -  Nobility
  • -  Poetry
  • -  Signs and symbols

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Shelfmark: H 45 Fol."--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 38 leaves : illustrations ; 39 x 27 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Sweden.
  • -  Content in French and Italian and Latin and Spanish and Swedish.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021668149

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Holsteyn, Pieter, Ii, Around Artist, and Schering Rosenhane. "Hortus Regius" or Queen Christina's Genealogical Tree with Political Emblems. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1645] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668149/.

APA citation style:

Holsteyn, P. & Rosenhane, S. (1645) "Hortus Regius" or Queen Christina's Genealogical Tree with Political Emblems. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668149/.

MLA citation style:

Holsteyn, Pieter, Ii, Around Artist, and Schering Rosenhane. "Hortus Regius" or Queen Christina's Genealogical Tree with Political Emblems. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1645] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021668149/>.