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Mattheus Merian Snakes- Antique Engraving

This rare engraving from 1657 is a fascinating depiction of various types of snakes, rendered in stunning detail and had-colored by the renowned artist and engraver Mattheus Merian. Engraved in the 17th century,  and later published in Amsterdam for Jon Jonston's Historia Naturalis, this work is a true masterpiece of natural history art.

The engraving features a variety of snakes, each labeled with their scientific names in Latin script. Some of the snakes are coiled up, while others are shown in motion, slithering across the page. The level of detail in each snake is remarkable, with the artist capturing the unique characteristics of each species with incredible accuracy.

The use of shading and perspective in the engraving is particularly impressive, creating a sense of depth and dimension that brings the snakes to life on the page. The snakes are depicted against a plain background, allowing their intricate patterns and colors to stand out.

Merian was known for his skill in rendering animals and other natural subjects with incredible accuracy and attention to detail, and this engraving is no exception. The snakes are rendered with such precision that one can almost feel the texture of their scales.

Overall, this rare engraving of various types of snakes is a true treasure of natural history art. It is a testament to the skill and artistry of Merian, and a reminder of the incredible diversity and beauty of the natural world.

Condition: Age appropriate wear. Paper toning in accordance with the print's age. Marks/stains as per photo. Wear around the edges and minor paper loss might be present in some prints. Please refer to each print's photo to get a better understanding of the condition.

Year: c.1657 - 367 years old

Size: 8.0" x 14.25" (20cm x 36cm)


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