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This section of the book presents colour paintings related to early modern zoology. Along with paintings of various animals, portraits of zoologists are also given. The invention of zoology is one of the fascinating features that the re-definition of the animal and animal species in the early modern period brought about. Exotic and European wild animals, as well, were brought together in new places of knowledge - for example, courtly menageries, curiosity cabinets or academic collections. Artistic progress in the visual arts offered new options for animal description, which were reinforced by the printing press and the reproduction of identical graphic illustrations and their dissemination among larger audiences.

Keywords: animal description; early modern zoologists; visual arts



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