Georg Pictorius

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Georg Pictorius of Villingen (c. 1500 – 1569) was a physician and an author of the German Renaissance.

He became active as a physician from 1540 in Ensisheim. In his book on magic, he condemns witchcraft, endorsing the witch-trials of his time: "if the witches are not burned, the number of these furies swells up in such an immense sea that no one could live safe from their spells and charms." (Midelfort p. 59) His gynecological Frauenzimmer gives cosmetic advice for women, from the suppression of unpleasant scents to the shaping of their bosom (Walter, p. 372f.)


See also


  • Tillmann Wertz, Georgius Pictorius (1500-1569/73). Leben und Werk eines oberrheinischen Arztes und Humanisten. Heidelberg: Palatina Verlag 2006. ISBN 3-932608-35-6
  • Midelfort, H. C. Erik, Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany, 1562-1684: The Social and Intellectual Foundations (1972), ISBN 0-8047-0805-3.
  • Tilmann Walter, Unkeuschheit und Werk der Liebe: Diskurse über Sexualität am Beginn der Neuzeit in Deutschland (1998), ISBN 3-11-016085-4.