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The Hamburg Hydra Linnaeus' revealed fake Featured Chimaera Print

The Hamburg Hydra Linnaeus' revealed fake

Copperplate engraving with hand colouring by J. Chapman 1806 after engraving by Seba in his "Treasury of Natural History" (1734). In 1735 a young Linnaeus visited Hamburg. While there he inspected the famous stuffed 'seven headed hydra' held by the Burgomeister. It had originally been looted from a Church by Count Konigsmark in 1648. Seba believed it was a real animal (as did most) and made this illustration. But Linnaeus saw it was a fake. The jaws and claws were of weasels, the body covered in glued snake skins. He assumed the hydra was made by the monks of the original church as a representation of the apocalyptic beast rather than the Greek mythological animal. When Linnaeus tactlessly made the fraud public, the value of the animal (which the Burgomeister had tried to sell to various 'Cabinet of Wonders' collectors) collapsed. Linnaeus feared an angry response and left Hamburg

© This image is copyright Paul D. Stewart 2009. Do not reproduce without permission of the photographer at Stewartpauld@aol.com.

Bellerophon and the Chimaera, c.1609 (pen & ink on paper) Featured Chimaera Print

Bellerophon and the Chimaera, c.1609 (pen & ink on paper)

CTS407517 Bellerophon and the Chimaera, c.1609 (pen & ink on paper) by Jones, Inigo (1573-1652); Collection of the Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth House, UK; (add.info.: Heroic Virtue; scene from the Masque of Queens (1609) by Ben Jonson; hero in Greek mythology who slew the Chimera;); © Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth; Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees; English, out of copyright

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Etruscan chimera, 4th century BC Featured Chimaera Print

Etruscan chimera, 4th century BC

Etruscan chimera. Bronze ornament depicting the Chimera, dating from around 400 BC during the Etruscan era in what is now Italy. The Chimera was a three-headed monster from Greek mythology. It had the head and body of a lion, with the head of a goat attached to the middle of its body, and a snake or dragon head at its rear. It was killed by the Greek hero Bellerophon. The creature is here shown with a fatal wound to the goat head, with blood on its neck. The snake head is seizing one of the horns of the goat head. This bronze object, which is 80 centimetres high, was originally a votive offering to the Etruscan god Tinia. It was discovered in Arezzo in 1553, and became a symbol of Medici power. It is now in the National Archaeological Museum, Florence, Italy

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