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Johann Jakob Scheuchzer

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.

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).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).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).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).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).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)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).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..
US$0.00
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..
US$0.00
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..
US$0.00
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..
US$0.00
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..
US$0.00
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...
US$0.00
Sleeping Lions
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Leo dormiensThis 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$0.00
The Circulation Of Water
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Aquarum circulusThis 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 h..
US$0.00
Torrents of Water and Erupting Volcano
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Torrentes erumpuntThis 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..
US$0.00
Four Winds of Heaven
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Atmosphaera dei armanentariumThis 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..
US$0.00
Lightning Storm
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Tempestas fulmineaThis 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..
US$0.00
Reindeer And Giraffe
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Camelo – padalis, tarandusThis 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...
US$0.00
Mussels, Clams, Anemone
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Reptilia marisThis 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..
US$0.00
Noah's Animals
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Animantia cuncta dei opusThis 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..
US$0.00
Isaiah Calling The Birds
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Interroga AvesThis 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..
US$0.00
Ammonites
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).AmmonitesThis antique copper plate engraving was made in 1731 for Scheuchzer's incredible Physica Sacra.It has hand painted water colouring. The engraving is on chain lined paper with strong plate marks. The paper has a lovely aged, creamy white patina and is in exc..
US$0.00
Ancient Goddess Of Sun And Stars
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40 x 24.5 cm (15.5 x 9.75 inches).Buch wofts abgottifcher seltun dienft.Interestingly the flowers include a Blue Lotus, otherwise known as the sacred lily of the Nile. Cleopatra was particularly enamored with this herb and it was represented in early Egyptian art. Apparently, drinking tea from it ca..
US$0.00
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