How Nostradamus Predicted Animals In Arts. No, Really.
THE ANIMALS OF LASCAUX
Upper Paleolithic cave painting of aurochs, horses and deer, Lascaux, c. 17,300 years old.
The Lascaux Cave is one of the most important caves with Paleolithic features.
In the heart of Perigord, France.
This rock gallery added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, hosts almost 18 000 years old paintings! Discovered by chance in 1940 by a group of teenagers.
The cave is home to many animals, including the Hall of the Bulls.
It shows bisons, goats, horses, deer, cats, a bear or even a reindeer are drawn or carved into the wall with remarkable accuracy.
The cave according to historians was a sacred place and religious sanctuary.
The Rhinoceros (1515), Albrecht Durer.
Durer imagines the creature, carefully but not quite accurately.
Not a rhinoceros has marked the history of art as the one by Albrecht Dürer.
Durer was based in Nuremberg, Germany. He was an artist, mathematician, writer and Renaissance painter.
And it also very interesting that he has never seen with his own eyes the animal he designed.
Informed by a descriptive letter of Valentin Fernand, a German printer, of the presence of a rhinoceros on the banks of Lisbon in 1515, he then began a pen sketches which later becomes a woodcut. His model, although fairly close to reality, is actually a chimera: he adds on the neck of the animal a little narwhal tooth, he draws the rhino skin as plates of carapace of a crustacean interpreter, the skin of his legs like a reptile scales and adds an elephant’s tail.
The engraving by Dürer was so successful in Europe that nearly 5,000 prints of this image were sold…