Plantin on display

Impressed by Plantin

The woodcuts collection of the Plantin-Moretus Museum is a true source of inspiration. Shops and the catering industry nearby the museum highlight this impressive collection. Literally then. Discover a strong sample of illustrations on display at their shop windows.
Christoffel Plantin's print shop was known for its richly illustrated printed matter. Decorative letters, flowers, plants, angels and sea creatures adorned publications. Each illustration is masterfully carved in wood. The collection counts no less than 14,000 logs. That's 14,000 pieces of real craftsmanship.
 
Speaking of craftsmanship, the Plantin-Moretus Museum is located in the middle of a vibrant, creative neighborhood.
 
That is why you will discover this impressive collection not only online, but also around the museum. Shops and restaurants chose an appropriate image from the 14,000 illustrations to place on their shop windows, doors or terrace windows.

Discover them all: View them here on a map

Tip: click on the illustration to view and download it in high resolution.

 

Pub ATLAS

Corner Heilige Geeststraat and Vrijdagmarkt

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

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We have not yet been able to find out when and in which publication it was used. Any tips that can help us with this are welcome.

 

Restaurant FELLA

Vrijdagmarkt 5

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Reuzenpompoen (Cucurbita Maxima) - MPM.HB.04572

This giant pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima) is in the botanical publications of Matthias Lobelius. In the 17th century, the image was given a second life in two London editions by the English botanist John Gerard.

 

Restaurant MAJU

Vrijdagmarkt 9

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Zoete kers [Prunus avium]

This sweet cherry (Prunus avium) has been described in the botanical publications of Matthias Lobelius as 'Spaensche Criecken'. In the 17th century, the image was given a second life in two London editions by the English botanist John Gerard.

 

Restaurant IN DE ROSCAM

Vrijdagmarkt 12

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Korenbloem; wilde korenbloem; roggebloem [Centaurea cyanus]

This cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) was first depicted in a botanical publication by Rembert Dodoens in 1568 and subsequently reused repeatedly in later editions by the same author. The Plantin printer also used the image in publications by the other great botanist Matthias Lobelius.

 

Plant shop PLANTWERP

Vrijdagmarkt 16

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

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This capital letter P is an ornamental initial or flower-embellished letter, which indicates the beginning of a chapter. The Plantin printer used such letters in her publications for centuries.

 

Pub CORSO

Vrijdagmarkt 17

Gestippelde egelvis [Diodon hystrix]

This dotted hedgehog fish (Diodon hystrix) is in a 1605 book by Carolus Clusius about exotic animals and plants.

 

Bistro BAR 2

Vrijdagmarkt 19

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

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This circle appears in the tract The size of the soul of Church Father Augustine. Christopher Plantin printed Augustine's collected work in 1576-1577.

 

Jewelry store STUDIO COLLECT

Steenhouwersvest 13

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Varkensgras (MPM.HB.06117)

This pig grass (genus Polygonum) is featured in eight different botanical publications by Carolus Clusius, Matthias Lobelius and John Gerard. This window is shown upside down, at the request of the shopkeeper.

 

Clothes store STEP BY STEP

Steenhouwersvest 20

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

MPM.HB.03483

We have not yet been able to find out when and in which publication it was used. Any tips that can help us with this are welcome.

 

Chocolatier GÜNTHER WATTÉ

Steenhouwersvest 30

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Sierinitiaal G (MPM.HB.12121)

This capital letter G is an ornamental initial or flower-embellished letter, which indicates the beginning of a chapter. The letter was cut in 1578 by Geerard Jansen van Kampen on behalf of Christoffel Plantin.

 

Leather goods TAS

Steenhouwersvest 33

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

sluitvignet of ornament

This is a decorative closing vignette or ornament at the end of a chapter, which can be found in various religious publications from the 17th century.

 

Stationery STAD LEEST

Steenhouwersvest 45

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Reseda phyteuma (MPM.HB.05618)

This small reseda (Reseda phyteuma) is in eight different botanical publications by Carolus Clusius, Matthias Lobelius and John Gerard.

 

Restaurant LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN

Steenhouwersvest 48

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Struisriet - Calamagrostis (MPM.HB.04057)

This ostrich (Calamagrostis) is in the botanical publications of Matthias Lobelius. In the 17th century, the image was given a second life in two London editions by the English botanist John Gerard.

 

Clothes store FRED + GINGER

Steenhouwersvest 51

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

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This cosmographic illustration is in De arte cyclognomica by Cornelius Gemma from 1569. The book is a hidden gem of early modern intellectual history with diverse topics including medicine, astronomy, astrology, etc.

 

Love & passion shop TUTTI PASSI

Hoogstraat 57

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

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This illustration is in Claude Paradin's Devises heroiques, a very influential collection of princely spells or emblems. Plantin printed this bestseller from 1561 in different languages.

This image is under the motto "Altijd en oock te samen" (Always and also together):

Geliick Son ende Maen noint verr en zijn verscheyden
En alsmen d'eene siet, sal d'ander niet lang beyden
Soo moet oock man en wijf gestadich zijn bij-een
Dan sal des Liefdes glans heel suyver ende reen
Recht als een Diamant heur beyder huys vercieren
En al dat sij bestaen, sal wel geluckich tieren
Den Heer heeft slux begeert, en geeft sijn zegen meest
Wanneer dat dese twee zijn als een lijf en geest

 

Bakery Goossens

Korte Gasthuisstraat 31

Impressed by Plantin: Plantin in de etalage

Drukkersmerk van de Officina Plantiniana in Leiden

This printer's mark of the Plantinian printing house in Leiden was used successively from 1595 to 1611 by Francis I, Christophorus and Francis II Raphelengius. Originally, a compass was also depicted in the center, but it has unfortunately disappeared.

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