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November 3rd is World Jellyfish Day! To celebrate, here is a dozen of Ernst Haeckel’s “medusae” plates from Kunstformen der Natur (1899-1904) as well as the cover art that features a bonus one.
Happy birthday to iconic Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher, born 125 years ago today! Animal forms inspired many of his works, including reptiles. Here is a favorite example, Reptiles from 1943:
January 31st is International Zebra Day! First up, images of the first known zebras imported into Great Britain.
For #AppreciateADragonDay, here are two versions of an illustration depicting Draco the dragon with the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor bear constellations. The first is from a medieval Carolingian illuminated manuscript known as the Leiden Aratea: Centuries later, Dutch humanist Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) acquired this manuscript and proceeded to publish…