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Khvalynsk, 1900

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1921 BOYS ON THE BACKGROUND OF THE CITY, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1878~1939)

1921 BOYS ON THE BACKGROUND OF THE CITY, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1878~1939)

1907 BIRIBI, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1878~1939)

1907 BIRIBI, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1878~1939)

The Unicorn is Attacked, 1495–1505. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1937 (37.80.3) | In this hanging, the unicorn, pursued by men and dogs, crosses a rivulet deep in the forest. As it prepares to step out onto the bank, more hunters armed with spears take aim as the rest of the company approaches. #dogs

The Unicorn is Attacked, 1495–1505. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1937 (37.80.3) | In this hanging, the unicorn, pursued by men and dogs, crosses a rivulet deep in the forest. As it prepares to step out onto the bank, more hunters armed with spears take aim as the rest of the company approaches. #dogs

This image is from the Book of Marvels by Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad Qazwīnī, a thirteenth century Arab geographer and scholar …The creature pictured here is somewhat like a mermaid… The fish comes onto the land at night to eat grass and jumps back into the sea with sunrise. Some say that it breathes fire from it nose and so burns the grass while it is eating…"

This image is from the Book of Marvels by Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad Qazwīnī, a thirteenth century Arab geographer and scholar …The creature pictured here is somewhat like a mermaid… The fish comes onto the land at night to eat grass and jumps back into the sea with sunrise. Some say that it breathes fire from it nose and so burns the grass while it is eating…"

mermaids - sirens - monster fish

mermaids - sirens - monster fish

13th century manuscript, Bodleian. Battle between humans and centaurs, while Sirens play their deadly music above. petrus.agricola, via Flickr

13th century manuscript, Bodleian. Battle between humans and centaurs, while Sirens play their deadly music above. petrus.agricola, via Flickr

The Morgan Library in New York is currenty exhibiting one of the great masterworks of medieval illumination, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves. All 157 miniatures have also been digitized.

The Morgan Library in New York is currenty exhibiting one of the great masterworks of medieval illumination, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves. All 157 miniatures have also been digitized.

Daphne, half-woman and half-laurel tree with Apollo. The Book of the Queen,  c.1410-1414, Harley MS 4431, f. 134v, The British Library. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=harley_ms_4431_f134v

Daphne, half-woman and half-laurel tree with Apollo. The Book of the Queen, c.1410-1414, Harley MS 4431, f. 134v, The British Library. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=harley_ms_4431_f134v

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