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Background imageMythical Animal Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)
7393515 The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas) by Callot, Jacques (1592-1635) (after); 47 x 72 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Apocalypse Tapestry or Apocalypse of Angers, 1375-80 (tapestry)

Apocalypse Tapestry or Apocalypse of Angers, 1375-80 (tapestry)
CUL4926440 Apocalypse Tapestry or Apocalypse of Angers, 1375-80 (tapestry) by Bataille, Nicolas (fl. 1363-1400); 154x256 cm; Chateau d'Angers

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Juvenile of Amazon Tree-Boa (Corallus hortulanus) in defensive position. Yasuni National Park

Juvenile of Amazon Tree-Boa (Corallus hortulanus) in defensive position. Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River

Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River, c.1782 (colour woodblock print; hosoban diptych)
5859820 Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River, c.1782 (colour woodblock print; hosoban diptych) by Shunsho, Katsukawa (1726-92); The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Family of Satyrs with Dancing Cherubs, c. 1775-76 (w/c and brush work with graphite and gouache)

Family of Satyrs with Dancing Cherubs, c. 1775-76 (w/c and brush work with graphite and gouache)
XOS5884502 Family of Satyrs with Dancing Cherubs, c. 1775-76 (w/c and brush work with graphite and gouache) by David, Giovanni (1743-90); 48.3x55.8 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: They make their toilet, c.1820 (engraving)

They make their toilet, c.1820 (engraving)
PCT4265532 They make their toilet, c.1820 (engraving) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); (add.info.: Engraving by Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Oil Lamp, 1880 (copper )

Oil Lamp, 1880 (copper )
XOS5884609 Oil Lamp, 1880 (copper ) by Gorham Manufacturing Company; 6.7x12.4 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, founded 1831))

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Saint George slaying the dragon, 1835 (oil on canvas)

Saint George slaying the dragon, 1835 (oil on canvas)
8608391 Saint George slaying the dragon, 1835 (oil on canvas) by Ziegler, Jules Claude (1804-56); Basilique Notre Dame, Saint-Omer, France; (add.info.: Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Saint-Omer)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Still-Life with Monkey Mask, 1824 (colour woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono)

Still-Life with Monkey Mask, 1824 (colour woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono shikishiban)
5859826 Still-Life with Monkey Mask, 1824 (colour woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono shikishiban) by Hokkei

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Saint George and the Dragon, c.1471 ( tempera colours, gold leaf, gold & silver paint and ink)

Saint George and the Dragon, c.1471 ( tempera colours, gold leaf, gold & silver paint and ink)
8677952 Saint George and the Dragon, c.1471 ( tempera colours, gold leaf, gold & silver paint and ink) by Lathem, Lieven van (c.1430-93); J

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai

Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)
5859846 Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu), c.1814 (colour woodblock print (album sheet)) by Hokusai

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Sleeping Diana and her nymphs spied on by satyrs. (print)

Sleeping Diana and her nymphs spied on by satyrs. (print)
7419922 Sleeping Diana and her nymphs spied on by satyrs. (print) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640) (after); (add.info.: Sleeping Diana and her nymphs spied on by satyrs)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Hercules and the Hydra. (print)

Hercules and the Hydra. (print)
7419901 Hercules and the Hydra. (print) by Vouet, Simon (1590-1649) (after); (add.info.: Hercules kills the Hydra, the second of Hercules twelve labours)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper)

Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper)
7443777 Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper) by Gheyn, Jacques II de (1565-1629); Stadel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; (add.info.: By Jacques de Gheyn II)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Narmer palette (front), 22nd century BC (relief)

Narmer palette (front), 22nd century BC (relief)
8585746 Narmer palette (front), 22nd century BC (relief) by Egyptian; Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt; (add.info.: Narmer palette (front) or Hierakonpolis Large palette

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Actor Onoe Matsusuke II as the Ghost of Seigen, c.1810 (woodblock print nishiki-e)

Actor Onoe Matsusuke II as the Ghost of Seigen, c.1810 (woodblock print nishiki-e, ink & colour on paper)
7886971 Actor Onoe Matsusuke II as the Ghost of Seigen, c.1810 (woodblock print nishiki-e, ink & colour on paper) by Toyokuni

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: The suicide. 1834 (engraving)

The suicide. 1834 (engraving)
7147161 The suicide. 1834 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The suicide. Song by french poet Beranger. ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Alchemist consulting his grimoires (magical - cabalistic formulas) under the eyes of an owl

Alchemist consulting his grimoires (magical - cabalistic formulas) under the eyes of an owl
PCT4284936 Alchemist consulting his grimoires (magical - cabalistic formulas) under the eyes of an owl and a demon - the frame of the image is shaped by a snake bites its tail - Lettrine forming

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: The army of Quaresmeprenant. Soldiers are represented as fish, some of which have only the aretes

The army of Quaresmeprenant. Soldiers are represented as fish, some of which have only the aretes
PCT4272149 The army of Quaresmeprenant. Soldiers are represented as fish, some of which have only the aretes, by reference to Careme's lean (young) meal

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Genre painting of two young satyrs with grapes and a dog from the house complex at Regio VI

Genre painting of two young satyrs with grapes and a dog from the house complex at Regio VI, Insula XIV, 28 to 32
FLO4687064 Genre painting of two young satyrs with grapes and a dog from the house complex at Regio VI, Insula XIV, 28 to 32, near the new fullonica (fuller's shop)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: The mermaid, 1866 (engraving)

The mermaid, 1866 (engraving)
7147160 The mermaid, 1866 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The mermaid, by french poet Beranger ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard 1866

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Prologue to the Funny Tales of Honore de Balzac, 19th century (engraving)

Prologue to the Funny Tales of Honore de Balzac, 19th century (engraving)
PCT5617986 Prologue to the Funny Tales of Honore de Balzac, 19th century (engraving) by French School, (19th century); (add.info)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Character holding a horn of abundance, Herculanum (fresco)

Character holding a horn of abundance, Herculanum (fresco)
PCT4293509 Character holding a horn of abundance, Herculanum (fresco) by Roman, (1st century AD); (add.info.: Herculanum (Herculaneum, Ercolano, Italia)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Statue of Amenemhat III in the form of a sphinx

Statue of Amenemhat III in the form of a sphinx
8585810 Statue of Amenemhat III in the form of a sphinx by Egyptian; Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt; (add.info.: This statue of Amenemhat III was carved in the shape of a sphinx; join a human)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Scene from a Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1832 (watercolour on paper)

Scene from a Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1832 (watercolour on paper)
7528568 Scene from a Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1832 (watercolour on paper) by Danby, Francis (1793-1861); 28x19.5 cm; Gallery Oldham

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles. Tomb of Senmut with Egyptian astrological signs

Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles. Tomb of Senmut with Egyptian astrological signs
THT4307499 Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles. Tomb of Senmut with Egyptian astrological signs. by Egyptian School; (add.info.: Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Seance, c. 1900 (photo)

Seance, c. 1900 (photo)
3704799 Seance, c. 1900 (photo) by American Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Souvenirs of the Eastern Capital on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido

Souvenirs of the Eastern Capital on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
8599108 Souvenirs of the Eastern Capital on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: The Actor Onoe Baiko III as the Cat Spirit of the Old Temple, 1841 (ink)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Cat Of Okazaki (Okazaki Neko), 1893 (ink and colour on paper)

Cat Of Okazaki (Okazaki Neko), 1893 (ink and colour on paper)
8599106 Cat Of Okazaki (Okazaki Neko), 1893 (ink and colour on paper) by Kunichika, Toyohara (1835-1900); 35.6x24.7 cm; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Scene from a Ghost Story: The Okazaki Cat Demon, 7th month, 1847 (ink and colour on paper)

Scene from a Ghost Story: The Okazaki Cat Demon, 7th month, 1847 (ink and colour on paper)
8599101 Scene from a Ghost Story: The Okazaki Cat Demon, 7th month, 1847 (ink and colour on paper) by Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (1798-1861); 35.5--25.7 cm; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Houses and an Eagle (pen & ink on paper)

Houses and an Eagle (pen & ink on paper)
3598793 Houses and an Eagle (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Kamada Matahachi, a Man of Unmatched Power from Matsuzaka, Ise

Kamada Matahachi, a Man of Unmatched Power from Matsuzaka, Ise, Kills a Big Cat from the Mountains of Suzaka
8599110 Kamada Matahachi, a Man of Unmatched Power from Matsuzaka, Ise, Kills a Big Cat from the Mountains of Suzaka, c.1840 (ink, colour and embossing on paper) by Kuniyoshi

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Tarascon's Tarasque, fabulous monster of the folklore of Provence

Tarascon's Tarasque, fabulous monster of the folklore of Provence: illustration by Albert Robida of the school book
PCT4282342 Tarascon's Tarasque, fabulous monster of the folklore of Provence: illustration by Albert Robida of the school book "Choice of readings" by A Mironneau

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Succubus: female demon (woman - female) riding a dragon - illustration by Albert Robida for

Succubus: female demon (woman - female) riding a dragon - illustration by Albert Robida for the Drolatic Tales by
PCT4281516 Succubus: female demon (woman - female) riding a dragon - illustration by Albert Robida for the Drolatic Tales by Honore de Balzac - beginning 20th century by Robida

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: St George (d. c303), the Red Cross Knight, killing the Dragon, 1598 (woodcut)

St George (d. c303), the Red Cross Knight, killing the Dragon, 1598 (woodcut)
536736 St George (d. c303), the Red Cross Knight, killing the Dragon, 1598 (woodcut) by English School, (19th century); (add.info.: Patron saint of England, Catalonia, Genoa, Greece, Portugal)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Ravana the demon king of Ceylon fighting the son of Hanuman (w/c on paper)

Ravana the demon king of Ceylon fighting the son of Hanuman (w/c on paper)
NGW405358 Ravana the demon king of Ceylon fighting the son of Hanuman (w/c on paper) by Kalighat School (19th century); 45.4x27.7 cm; National Museum Wales; (add.info)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Apollo and Marsyas, 1879 (oil on canvas)

Apollo and Marsyas, 1879 (oil on canvas)
NGW184256 Apollo and Marsyas, 1879 (oil on canvas) by Strudwick, John Melhuish (1849-1937); 106.5x170 cm; National Museum Wales; National Museums & Galleries of Wales

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Grottesche decoration at Radnor House, Middlesex, from England's Lost Houses by Giles Worsley

Grottesche decoration at Radnor House, Middlesex, from England's Lost Houses by Giles Worsley (1961-2006)
CLF311802 Grottesche decoration at Radnor House, Middlesex, from England's Lost Houses by Giles Worsley (1961-2006) published 2002 (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Perseus and Andromeda, c. 1723 (oil on canvas)

Perseus and Andromeda, c. 1723 (oil on canvas)
7415814 Perseus and Andromeda, c.1723 (oil on canvas) by Lemoyne, Francois (1688-1737); 92, 5x74, 5 cm; (add.info.: by Francois Lemoyne Original title)

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Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Saint George and the death dragon, 1508 (engraving)

Saint George and the death dragon, 1508 (engraving)
7414920 Saint George and the death dragon, 1508 (engraving) by Durer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528); 10.9 -- 8.5 cm; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (add.info.: by Albrecht Durer)

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Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Saint George and the Dragon, 1508 (handwritten)

Saint George and the Dragon, 1508 (handwritten)
7415653 Saint George and the Dragon, 1508 (handwritten) by Burgkmair, Hans (c.1473-1531); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: Hans Burgkmair Saint George and the Dragon Augsburg)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: The Dream of the Doctor, 1496-1500 (engraving)

The Dream of the Doctor, 1496-1500 (engraving)
7414925 The Dream of the Doctor, 1496-1500 (engraving) by Durer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528); 19--12.1 cm; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (add.info.: by Albrecht Durer)

Background imageMythical Animal Collection: Preparations for the Banquet of the Gods for the Wedding of Cupid and Psyche, detail

Preparations for the Banquet of the Gods for the Wedding of Cupid and Psyche, detail, 1528-30 (fresco)
7413401 Preparations for the Banquet of the Gods for the Wedding of Cupid and Psyche, detail, 1528-30 (fresco) by Romano, Giulio (also Pippi, Giulio) (1483-1520); Palazzo del Te, Mantua



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Captivating Creatures: Unveiling the Enigmatic World of Mythical Animals From the mesmerizing brushstrokes of "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" to the intricate grottesche decoration at Radnor House, England's lost houses come alive with mythical creatures. These fantastical beings have long captured our imagination, transcending time and culture. In the depths of ancient mythology, we witness Amymone's harrowing encounter with a sea monster in 1496-1500. The engraving vividly portrays her abduction, leaving us spellbound by its sheer intensity. Similarly, "Perseus and Andromeda" takes us on an epic journey through swirling waves and perilous battles against monstrous adversaries. Saint George emerges as a legendary figure in multiple renditions - his valiant struggle against death dragons immortalized in engravings from 1508. With each stroke of ink or paint, his bravery shines through as he faces these fearsome beasts head-on. "The Dream of the Doctor" transports us into a realm where dreams intertwine with reality. In this enchanting engraving from 1496-1500, we find ourselves immersed in a world where monsters roam freely within our subconscious minds. Preparations for Cupid and Psyche's divine union unfold before our eyes in exquisite detail on frescoes dating back to 1528-30. Gods gather for their grand banquet while mythical creatures grace every corner, reminding us that even celestial beings are not immune to fascination with these extraordinary animals. Venturing beyond artistry lies nature itself - an Amazon Tree-Boa poised defensively amidst lush foliage within Yasuni National Park. Its vibrant colors mirror those found only in dreams or fairy tales; it is no wonder that such creatures continue to captivate our hearts and imaginations.