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These stunning baroque engravings are by Johann Jakob Scheuchzer. He made them between 1731 to 1735. They are the pinnacle of engraving in the baroque period.
Scheuchzer was a Swiss scholar born in Zürich in 1672. He was a multi-talented visionary, bordering on genius. He was at the forefront of efforts to provide a scientific understanding of the world and the bible. For example, he thought fossils were skeletons left over after the biblical flood of Noah.
Scheuchzer became junior town physician in 1696. In 1710 he became professor of mathematics. He created several fascinating works including studies of Switzerland, weather, geology and fossils.
"Physica Sacra" was by far his most intriguing and visionary work. Physcia Sacra sought to reconcile the bible with science. The illustrations show scenes with biblical and scientific motifs. They were based on his own natural history cabinet and other famous European cabinets of rare specimens. Scheuzer entrusted the designs to Johann Melchior Füssli and the elaborate borders to Johann Daniel Preissler. They were engraved by highly skilled engravers including Georg Daniel Heumann and Johann August Corvinus.
Christies Auction House in London stated: "In Scheuchzer's gigantic work, Physica sacra, the Baroque attains, philosophically as well as artistically, its high point and its conclusion".
Here are some of the Physica Sacra engravings for you to choose from. They are genuine antiques prints from the 1730s and have hand painted colouring.

Palm Trees And Springs
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Exodi Cap.XV.v.27. XII Fontes, LXX PalmaeMoses camped at Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees. Palm Trees And Springs This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water co..
US$0.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Proverbs Cap V.v19. Gazella Fervans Foedera lectiA proverbial scene about the joy of marriage. This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver p..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Prov.Cap.XXX.v.29.30.31. Animalia magnifice incendtia. (Proverbs 30:29-31)Stately creatures that strut with pride Lion, Dogs And Goat This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring e..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Numer.Cap.XI.v.4.5. Lotus Flowers. (Numbers 11:4-5)Lotus flowers are known to purify water. Lotus Flowers In The Water This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Numer.Cap.XXIV.v.4.6. Aloe ad Aquas. (Numbers 24:5-6) Agave In The Water This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is ..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).IER.Cap.VIII.v.22 Refina in GalaadBalm of Gilead was a rare perfume used medicinally and named after the region of Gilead. It was made from the Arabian Balm Tree Commiphora gileadensis. Balm Of Gilead This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuch..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).I.Reg.Cap.X.v.12.12.13. Psittacus Cedrique Species. (1 Kings 10:11-22) Parrot And Citrus Tree This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver pai..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Deut.Cap.XXXIII.v.13-17. Iosephi Bos et Rhinoceros. (Deuteronomy 33.13-17)The scene shows Joseph’s blessed land. Bull, Rhinoceros And Deer This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colour..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Numer. Cap.XI.v.4.5 (Numbers 11:4-5). Cucumis, Melo Cucumber, Melon And Flowers This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engrav..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Deut.Cap.XIV.v5. Camelo – paradalis, Tarandus (Deuteronomy 14.5) Giraffe And Reindeer This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. Th..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Levitici Cap. XI v.19 Ardea Coerul. Fulica, Mulvus aerug.Heron, Waterfowl and Kite This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The eng..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches)This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovely aged,..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Cedrus hyssopusThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper ha..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches)This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovely aged,..
US$300.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).OnagerThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovel..
US$275.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Testacea et crustaceaThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The p..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Classis ophirea auriferaThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches)This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovely aged,..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Hortus nucumThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Eliae currus et equi igneiThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. T..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Elias corvorum alumnusThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The p..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches)This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovely aged,..
US$225.00
40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches)This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovely aged,..
US$225.00
Life in The Countryside. (Pauperiores Iro)
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches)This antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovely aged,..
US$0.00
Mushrooms, Flowers And Gourds
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Scuplturae colocynthidium et florumThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate..
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Eagle Owl And Pelicans
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Bubo, Noctua, OnocrotalusThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. Th..
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The Summer Solstice
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Solstitium IosuaeThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.The biblical character Joshua is said to have made the sun and the moon stand still. It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/si..
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Phoenix Reborn In Flames
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Chol. Phoenix palma vel arenaThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks..
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Bull And Rhinoceros
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Iosephi bot et rhonocerosThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. Th..
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Dragon
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Whenchen und schlangen kampfThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring embellished with metallic gold/silver paint. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks...
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