Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture

about 1586
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian, 1527–1593)

Place of Creation: Prague, Czechoslovakia

Catalogue Raisonné

Macandrew 008 (1-14)


Overall: 32 x 21.5 x 5.3 cm (12 5/8 x 8 7/16 x 2 1/16 in.) Sheet: 30.8 x 19 cm (12 1/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Thirteen drawings in pen and blue ink and brush with blue wash, with autograph letter

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



(Prague: about 1586-1587) Fourteen leaves; original gilt-stamped armorial green vellum binding (green cloth box). BOUND with: 50.6.1-.14 (Hoffmann album)

Prague: about 1586-1587


Ferdinand Hoffmann, Baron Gruenstein (1540-1607, Grünpichl and Strechau) given by him to his wife, Margaretha von Harrach; by descent through the Counts Harrach, to the Hradec Library; William H. Schab, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, January 12, 1950.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund