Friday, August 5, 2011

Joseph Prestele: Aconitum bicolor

This lithograph of Aconitum bicolor, drawn, engraved on stone, and colored by Joseph Prestele, is part of Die wichtigsten Giftpflanzen Deutschlands (The most important poisonous plants of Germany), published in 1843.

A few facts about Aconitum
1. It has a number of common names, including monkshood, wolfsbane, leopardsbane, and devil's helmet.
2. Aconitum is a potent poison. Some species have been used for making poison arrows.
3. But, in very tiny doses, it has uses in herbal medicine -- none that I'll be trying!
4. There are many instances in literature in which Aconitum appears. In Greek myth, Medea attempted to poison Theseus with it; he is saved by his father's intervention.

A few facts about Joseph Prestele


  1. All the shades of indigo just pop out at you!

  2. I find Prestele's work really bright and fresh. Vivid.