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Drawing, Cavemen Hunting Elephants [above]; The King of Persia Hunting [below]

This is a drawing. It was created by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus and engraved by Adriaen Collaert and Karel van Mallery and collaborator: Luigi Alamanni and published by Philips Galle and subject: Pliny the Elder. It is dated 1596 or before and we acquired it in 1901. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash on white laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Various Donors. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

Its dimensions are

21.8 x 15.7 cm (8 9/16 x 6 3/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Recto (in the handwriting of Luigi Alamanni): Il Re di Persia nelle caccie sta nel mezzo dell'isola, che e / circondata da una cercia di cacciatori che accertandosi uniti verso / il re, tutte le le fiere vanno al mezzo verso il re. ex Herodote-- Recto (in the handwriting of Stradanus): mare Verso (in the handwriting of Luigi Alamanni): Il Sr Gioan Stradano / exellent.mo pittor a / fiorenza

Cite this object as

Drawing, Cavemen Hunting Elephants [above]; The King of Persia Hunting [below]; Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, 1523–1605); Published by Philips Galle (Flemish, 1537 - 1612); Engraved by Karel van Mallery, Adriaen Collaert (Flemish, ca. 1560 – 1618); Collaborator: Luigi Alamanni (Italian, 1558–1603); Subject: Pliny the Elder (Roman, 23 - 79 CE); Netherlands; pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash on white laid paper; 21.8 x 15.7 cm (8 9/16 x 6 3/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-163

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