Tree of Knowledge, 15th century

Tree of Knowledge, 15th century

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Credit: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tree of Knowledge. 15th-century illustration of a snake and the biblical Tree of Knowledge as described in the Garden of Eden creation story in the Judeo-Christian bible. This coloured woodcut is from an edition of 'Hortus sanitatis' (Garden of Health), printed in the German city of Mainz by Jacob Meydenbach. Also called 'Ortus Sanitatis', this work contained treatises on plants, animals and medicinal treatments, and was first published in 1491.

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