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Bull in Handstand (1619)

Quite an impressive feat for anyone, especially a humanoid bull!

Toutin, Jean. Bull in Hanstand, 1619. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Beast Concert (1653)

Lovely pair of musical creatures.

Borch, Harmen ter. Beast Concert, 1653. Rijkmusuem, public domain.

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Veins

Blood snakes, aka veins.

Rubens, Peter Paul. Two anatomical studies of arms, 1616-1657. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Gate to A Cemetary (1631)

This is an architectural design for the entrance to a cemetery. The source doesn’t mention if the gate was ever made – hopefully, we will never find out firsthand.

Designer Keyser (I), Hendrick de. Publisher Danckerts (I), Cornelis. Gate to cemetery at the Westerkerk, 1631. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Questional Sloth Art

This is part of a series called “Nova collection of the most curious animals in the world”. There is no information as to why the sloth has a human face. It could be that like many older artists – Tempesta drew an animal he had never seen with his own eyes.

The caption includes two words that I think reference: Asclepius and primate. The first usage of the word primate originates from 1200. I was unable to find the first reference of a sloth being a marsupial versus a primate. Although, I do not think it would be unheard of for sloths to be mislabeled as a primate in the 17th century.

The next question is – How do sloths and the God of Medicine relate? That I have no answer for. And I looked into this way longer than I should have.

Tempesta, Antonio. Sloth, 17th Century. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain License. Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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Natural History Ensembles

Beautiful nature that leaves you feeling a bit itchy.

Boodt, Anselmus Boëtius de. Verhulst, Elias. Hoefnagel, Jacob. Natural History Ensembles, 17th Century. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain License.

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Shell filled with Life (1652)

Kind of hard to distinguish what is what in this image – looks kind of alien!

Hollar, Wenceslaus. Shell filled with Life, 1652. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain License.

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Horrifying Vintage Orca Art (1610)

This vintage orca art is honestly beyond horrifying.

“Whale. The animal has the teeth of a shark and the tail and fins of a fish” – Description.

Boodt, Anselmus de. Orca Art, 1610. Rijksmuseum and Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Dedication.

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Animal Skeletons

The 17th century seemed to be obsessed with skeleton illustrations, and these animals are surely a product of that. They bones seem to be so alive, ironically.

Jacobsz, Andries. Animal Skeletons, 17th Century. Rijksmuseum and Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain License.

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Planisphere (1661) By Andreas Cellarius

The Planisphere is part of the ‘Universe according to Copernicus”. The illustration is by Andreas Cellarius. Fantastic art and I loved that the book edges were kept uncropped. Imagine holding it in person!

Image is from Wikimedia Commons and is under Public Domain License.