Flower of Flowers: The Rose Motif in János Lippay's

A virágok virága, a rózsa a Posoni kertben
Flower of Flowers: The Rose Motif in János Lippay's "Garden of Pozsony" (1664)

Author(s): János Géczi
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: roses; garden treatises; János Lippay; late Renaissance; Basilius Besler; Pliny; Pozsony

Summary/Abstract: An authoritative monographer of the rose motif in universal cultural history, the author analyses the first garden treatise in Hungarian written by János Lippay about his brother's, Archbishop György Lippay's late Renaissance garden from Pozsony (Bratislava). Focusing on roses, he review the nutritional, medicinal and sacral reasons for their cultivation, and reveals the link between Antiquity and the Renaissance in the various uses of this flower. Lippay's main sources are identified in Pliny and, indirectly, in "the father of botanics", Theophrastus. A contemporary reference point is also identified in the work of Basilius Besler ("Hortus Eystettensis"), also interpreted with special regard to roses in the framework of a comparative approach.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 15-24
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Hungarian