Medieval painting is full of different symbols. Peony – an ordinary garden flower in our time – then in religious paintings or altars, he symbolized the trinity of God – it was a “rose of the Trinity”, a rose without thorns. In the Middle Ages, the strongest medicinal and miraculous properties were attributed to the pion, in particular, the ability to cure mental illnesses and ward off evil plots.
Consider the beautiful watercolor sketch of Schongauer – a branch of flowering peonies. There is no inherent watercolor blurriness and transparency of colors. The engraver’s hand is felt, and the artist has reached the bulk, chiaroscuro, handed over the texture of the material.