God Creating the Animals, c. 1550


Anonymous Giftexpand_more  P.85.54.4

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In 16th-century Europe, the natural world was interpreted largely in terms of God's creation. It was also the Age of Exploration, which sparked interest in exotic specimens. Here the earth produces "living creatures of every kind" (Genesis 1:24), even, apparently, a unicorn. This print was inspired by Raphael's design for a Vatican loggia (1518-19), where it symbolized the far reaches of Leo X's papacy. This more naïvely rendered image seems to show the animals still adjusting to their materialization.

God Creating the Animals
Artist Life
Accession Number
Liechtenstein (')
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch unrecorded; reverse copy (Marcantonio School)
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