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Mythical Beast Collection

In a world where imagination intertwines with reality, mythical beasts come alive in the most captivating forms

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Knight with the Arms of Jean de Daillon, c1480 (1946). Artist: Guillaume Desremaulx

Knight with the Arms of Jean de Daillon, c1480 (1946). Artist: Guillaume Desremaulx
Knight with the Arms of Jean de Daillon, c1480 (1946). This tapestry is held by the Montacute House, Somerset. From The Connoisseur Vol. 117, edited by H. Granville Fell. [The National Magazine Co

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Trotsky slaying the counter-revolutionary dragon (poster), 1918

Trotsky slaying the counter-revolutionary dragon (poster), 1918. Found in the collection of the State Museum of Revolution, Moscow

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Faerie Queene, c1900. Artist: Walter Crane

Faerie Queene, c1900. Artist: Walter Crane
Faerie Queene, c1900. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (1553-1599), illustrated by Walter Crane (1845-1915). From Modern Pen Drawings: European and American, Edited by Charles Holme

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare, Act 4, Scene 1), November, 1857

A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare, Act 4, Scene 1), November, 1857

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC

Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC. Greek Vase from an Etruscan Tomb

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: A statue of Hercules and Cerberus

A statue of Hercules and Cerberus
Hercules is capturing Cerberus and completeing his twelfth labour. This is from the portal of the Michaelertrakt, Hofburg, Vienna

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Design for Scouts Enrolment Card, (1944). Creator: Robert Baden-Powell

Design for Scouts Enrolment Card, (1944). Creator: Robert Baden-Powell
Design for Scouts Enrolment Card, (1944). A scout stands under the scouting motto: Be Prepared. On the right is an image of St George, patron saint of England, killing the dragon

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Meeting of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul, c1430-1435. Artist: Sano di Pietro

The Meeting of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul, c1430-1435. Artist: Sano di Pietro
The Meeting of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul, c1430-1435. The painting is part of the Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Faun (Nijinsky), costume design for the Ballets Russes, 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst

The Faun (Nijinsky), costume design for the Ballets Russes, 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst
The Faun (Nijinsky), costume design for the Ballets Russes, 1912. Design for Nijinskys costume in Debussys ballet l apres-midi d un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun)

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Odysseus passing the Sirens rock, 3rd century

Odysseus passing the Sirens rock, 3rd century
Roman mosaic from Tunisia of Odysseus passing the Sirens rock, tied to the mast, 3rd century

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Old woman (witch or fairy) spinning, 1547. Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger

Old woman (witch or fairy) spinning, 1547. Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger
Old woman (witch or fairy) spinning, 1547. Woodcut attributed to Holbein from an edition of De consolatione philosophiae by the Roman scholar and philosopher Boethius

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Mystical Bird (Karyobinga), 1820-33. Creator: Hokusai

Mystical Bird (Karyobinga), 1820-33. Creator: Hokusai
Mystical Bird (Karyobinga), 1820-33

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: A gorgon and panthers from the pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu

A gorgon and panthers from the pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu
The archaic west pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu, showing Medusa in the centre fleeing from Perseus. On the left side is Pegasus, and on the right is Chyrisppus

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c. 1500 (wool warp with wool, silk

The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c. 1500 (wool warp with wool, silk
3469071 The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c.1500 (wool warp with wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts) by Netherlandish School (16th century)

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513. Creator: Albrecht Durer

Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513. Creator: Albrecht Durer
Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Tentation de St Antoine, c1615-1635 (1924)Artist: Jacques Callot

Tentation de St Antoine, c1615-1635 (1924)Artist: Jacques Callot
Tentation de St Antoine, c1615-1635 (1924). A print from A History of French Etching from the 16th Century to the Present Day, by F L Leipnik, John Lane the Bodley Head Limited, London, 1924

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Midsummer Eve, c1871-1914. Artist: Edward Robert Hughes

Midsummer Eve, c1871-1914. Artist: Edward Robert Hughes
Midsummer Eve, c1871-1914

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Relief from mausoleum of Hercules chaining Cerberus, c2nd century

Relief from mausoleum of Hercules chaining Cerberus, c2nd century. Trier Museum

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Greek Head of Gorgon or Medusa, Syracuse, Sicily

Greek Head of Gorgon or Medusa, Syracuse, Sicily. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair

Background imageMythical Beast 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 Beast 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 Beast Collection: Sakata Kintoki Wrestling with a Tengu, c. 1715 / 18. Creator: Torii Kiyomasu I

Sakata Kintoki Wrestling with a Tengu, c. 1715 / 18. Creator: Torii Kiyomasu I
Sakata Kintoki Wrestling with a Tengu, c. 1715/18

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Dragon-Shaped Architectural Ornament, 13th / 14th century. Creator: Unknown

Dragon-Shaped Architectural Ornament, 13th / 14th century. Creator: Unknown
Dragon-Shaped Architectural Ornament, 13th/14th century

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Dante and Virgil with three-headed monster, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham

Dante and Virgil with three-headed monster, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
Dante and Virgil with three-headed monster, 1951. Design for illustration to Dantes " Divine Comedy". Shirley Markham (1931-1999)

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Ariel (The Tempest), c1870. Artist: Henry James Townsend

Ariel (The Tempest), c1870. Artist: Henry James Townsend
Ariel (The Tempest), c1870. From The Works of Shakspere, by Charles Knight. [Virtue & Co. Limited, London, c1870]

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Oberon and Titania, 19th century

Oberon and Titania, 19th century. Oberon, King of the Fairies, and his consort, Titania, from Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Story of Theseus, mid-15th century. Artist: Master of the Cassoni

The Story of Theseus, mid-15th century. Artist: Master of the Cassoni
The Story of Theseus, mid-15th century. Theseus lands on Crete from Athens and sets out to kill the Minotaur, the bull-headed monster which King Minos has had imprisoned in the labyrinth built by

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: St George and the Dragon, c1506. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

St George and the Dragon, c1506. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
St George and the Dragon, c1506. From the collection of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, Windsor, England

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Mermaid, c. 1889 (oil on canvas)

Mermaid, c. 1889 (oil on canvas)
7081798 Mermaid, c.1889 (oil on canvas) by Church, Frederick Stuart (1842-1924); 139.7x53.3 cm; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA; North Carolina Museum of Art; American, out of copyright

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Bear and Elf (Bar und Elfe): pl. 1, published 1881. Creator: Max Klinger

Bear and Elf (Bar und Elfe): pl. 1, published 1881. Creator: Max Klinger
Bear and Elf (Bar und Elfe): pl.1, published 1881

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Le Premier Volume de la bible en francoiz historiee et nouvellement imprimee, ca. 1501

Le Premier Volume de la bible en francoiz historiee et nouvellement imprimee, ca. 1501. [Adam and Eve, from a bible in French]

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: We to those beasts, that rapid strode along, drew near, when Chiron took an arrow forth, c1890

We to those beasts, that rapid strode along, drew near, when Chiron took an arrow forth, c1890. Chiron, leader of the centaurs

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Greek Bronze of a Gorgons Head, c4th century BC

Greek Bronze of a Gorgons Head, c4th century BC. National Museum, Athens

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Assyrian brick and tile design, 1933-1934

Assyrian brick and tile design, 1933-1934. Original from Layards Monument of Nineveh. From Wonders of the Past, Volume II, 1933-1934

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, (1898). Creator: Unknown

Ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, (1898). Creator: Unknown
Ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, (1898). Fig. I. Doric capital from Paestum (with painted ornaments). Fig 2

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Archangel Michael and his angels fighting the dragon, 1865-1866. Artist: Gustave Dore

The Archangel Michael and his angels fighting the dragon, 1865-1866. Artist: Gustave Dore
The Archangel Michael and his angels fighting the dragon, 1865-1866. The Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus in her arms looks down from Heaven. From Gustave Dores Bible (Revelation 12:1)

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The St. George's Challenge Vase, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The St. George's Challenge Vase, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The St. George's Challenge Vase, 1862. The subject which has been chosen [by Mr. Ortner] is naturally confined to the legendary history of St

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The International Exhibition: the Norwich Gates, by Barnard, Bishop, and Barnard, 1862

The International Exhibition: the Norwich Gates, by Barnard, Bishop, and Barnard, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: the Norwich Gates, by Barnard, Bishop, and Barnard, 1862. The work consists of four massive piers

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: 'The Sphinx at Midnight', by Frank Dillon, in the exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1862

"The Sphinx at Midnight", by Frank Dillon, in the exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1862. Engraving of a painting

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The International Exhibition - marble chimneypiece, by Leclercq, in the Belgian Court... 1862

The International Exhibition - marble chimneypiece, by Leclercq, in the Belgian Court... 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition - marble chimneypiece, by Leclercq, in the Belgian Court - from a photograph by the London Stereoscopic Company, 1862

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Prince of Wales Visit to Egypt: the Sphinx at Djizeh and the recent excavations around

The Prince of Wales Visit to Egypt: the Sphinx at Djizeh and the recent excavations around... 1862 Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales Visit to Egypt: the Sphinx at Djizeh and the recent excavations around it - from a drawing by Frank Dillon, 1862. The future King Edward VII in Africa

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The International Exhibition: vase belonging to Her Majesty the Queen, exhibited by... 1862

The International Exhibition: vase belonging to Her Majesty the Queen, exhibited by... 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: vase belonging to Her Majesty the Queen, exhibited by Messrs. Hunt and Roskell, 1862. Vase...of oxydized silver, chased en repousse by Antoine Vechte

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Commissioners of the International Exhibition of 1862. Creator: M Jackson

The Commissioners of the International Exhibition of 1862. Creator: M Jackson
The Commissioners of the International Exhibition of 1862. Top row: the Duke of Buckingham, Mr. Thomas Baring; centre: Earl Granville; bottom row: Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke and Mr

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: The Wedding of St George and the Princess Sabra, 1857. Creator: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Wedding of St George and the Princess Sabra, 1857. Creator: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Wedding of St George and the Princess Sabra, 1857. Sabra threads a lock of her hair through St Georges helmet; in the corner is the severed head of the dragon he has just killed to rescue her

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Hercules Slaying the Hydra, ca. 1602. Creator: Jan Muller

Hercules Slaying the Hydra, ca. 1602. Creator: Jan Muller
Hercules Slaying the Hydra, ca. 1602

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Recovering the Stolen Jewel from the Palace of the Dragon King, 1853

Recovering the Stolen Jewel from the Palace of the Dragon King, 1853

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Medieval enamel and illuminated manuscripts, (1898). Creator: Unknown

Medieval enamel and illuminated manuscripts, (1898). Creator: Unknown
Medieval enamel and illuminated manuscripts, (1898). Fig: 1: Initial from a German manuscript (Rhenish school), 11th-12th century, in the Library at Paris

Background imageMythical Beast Collection: Hereford World Map, c. 1280, 1944. Creator: Richard de Bello

Hereford World Map, c. 1280, 1944. Creator: Richard de Bello
Hereford World Map, c.1280, (1944). Detail showing the Mediterranean coast and the Nile Delta in northern Egypt. The lighthouse at Alexandria, complete with flames



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In a world where imagination intertwines with reality, mythical beasts come alive in the most captivating forms. Trotsky slaying the counter-revolutionary dragon, depicted in a powerful poster from 1918, symbolizes the triumph of revolution over oppression. Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus, an artwork by JMW Turner dating back to 1829 but recreated in 1904, showcases the cunning hero mocking the one-eyed giant. Walter Crane's Faerie Queene painting from around 1900 transports us to a realm of enchantment and chivalry. Meanwhile, an ancient Greek myth comes to life as Hercules brings Cerberus to Eurystheus under the watchful eyes of Hermes and Athena. The Temptation of Saint Anthony mesmerizes with its oil on canvas portrayal of unearthly creatures tempting a devout man's faith. A statue immortalizing Hercules' struggle against Cerberus stands tall as a testament to bravery and strength. Sakata Kintoki Wrestling with a Tengu by Torii Kiyomasu I captures an epic battle between legendary Japanese figures amidst swirling winds and fierce determination. Shirley Markham's Dante and Virgil with three-headed monster transports us into the depths of hell alongside these iconic literary characters. Robert Baden-Powell's design for Scouts Enrolment Card invokes adventure and camaraderie through its depiction of scouts exploring unknown territories. Leon Bakst's costume design for The Faun (Nijinsky) ignites our senses with vibrant colors and whimsical patterns that bring balletic movements to life. From ancient Greece to medieval times, we encounter gorgons guarding temples on Corfu while panthers prowl nearby. Lastly, The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle immerses us in a tapestry woven tale where magic meets tragedy. These glimpses into mythical realms remind us that within our collective imagination lies boundless creativity waiting to be unleashed.