Vinzenz Priessnitz


Vinzenz Priessnitz (1799-1851), a peasant farmer in Silesia, is now considered the father of modern hydrotherapy. This portait of him was attributed to Ruprecht, and printed by Johann HĹ‘felich in Vienna.

The portrait is surrounded by an oval frame composed of branches holding vignettes related to water and bathing. Posiden holds a trident in one hand and a glass in his other hand; and Putti pour cornucopias of water over bathers.

Artist: Hofelich, JohannPrinter: RuprechtDepicted: Priessnitz, Vinzenz

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: PortraitsPharmacy


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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0016Catalog Number: M-06247Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 940

Object Name: printOther Terms: print; ART OBJECTS

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)black (overall color)white (overall color)lithography (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 40 cm x 30.6 cm; 15 3/4 in x 12 1/16 in


Record Id: nmah_994556

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