And we know Where to Find Them. Our exhibition Prints in the Age of Bruegel is positively teeming with them! From the (almost) scientifically accurate to the mythological; sometimes hiding in a corner, sometimes taking centre stage. So let’s go on a safari through the 16th century imagination.
The stuff of literal nightmares. This makes Snakes on a Plane seem like a relaxing concept.
These magnificent water birds are definitely in the mood for a fishy snack.
Hieronymous Bosch was responsible for a real craze for delightfully strange creatures. This bellicose chap is one of our favourites.
Let’s ignore the strange monkeylike cat lapping up its milk and concentrate instead on the cute grumpy doggy hiding in the luth mender’s sack.
Nothing to see here. Just some monkeys ice skating.
As if an elephant wasn’t imposing enough already, this one is carrying a fantastical warship and is under siege!
A right royal behind: an impressive specimen of Apulian Breed from the stable of Don Juan of Austria.
Too many cooks may spoil the broth, and too many opinions make governing impossible. Allegory from 1578.