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1901

  • We acquired this object.

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Drawing, Recto, above: Elephants Hunted by Troglodytes [Cavemen], from Pliny's Natural History, Book 8, ch. 8; below: The King of Persia hunting on an Island. Verso: Fight between Elephants and Snakes, from Pliny's Natural HIstory, Book 8, ch. 11-12

This is a Drawing. It was created by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus and collaborator: Luigi Alamanni. It is dated 1596 or before and we acquired it in 1901. Its medium is pen and browno ink, brush and brown wash on white laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Various Donors. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

Its dimensions are

21.8 x 15.7 cm (8 9/16 x 6 3/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Recto: "Il Re di Persia nelle caccie sta nel mezzo dell'isola, che e / circondata da una cercia di cacciatori che accertandosi uniti verso / il re, tutte le le fiere vanno al mezzo verso il re. ex Herodote"--in the handwriting of Luigi Alamanni Recto: "mare"--in the handwriting of Stradanus Verso: "Il Sr Gioan Stradano / exellent.mo pittor a / fiorenza" --in the handwriting of Luigi Alamanni

Cite this object as

Drawing, Recto, above: Elephants Hunted by Troglodytes [Cavemen], from Pliny's Natural History, Book 8, ch. 8; below: The King of Persia hunting on an Island. Verso: Fight between Elephants and Snakes, from Pliny's Natural HIstory, Book 8, ch. 11-12; Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, 1523–1605); Netherlands; pen and browno ink, brush and brown wash on white laid paper; 21.8 x 15.7 cm (8 9/16 x 6 3/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-163

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