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December 22, 2016
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Curious Beasts: Animal prints from Dürer to Goya

  • Image: Frederick Hendrik Van Hove, The famous porcupine, © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Exploring the perfect storm that happened when the emergence of printmaking coincided with a spike in curiosity about the animal work, the Curious Beasts exhibition brings us beautiful and bizarre imagery of the natural world.


The exhibition is showing at the SA Museum until February 5.

The travelling collection comes from the British Museum, and Adelaide is its only stop in the Southern Hemisphere. Replete with works created between and during the 15th and 19th centuries, Curious Beasts looks at how printmakers contributed to knowledge of animals, but also at the wildly different ways in which the animal subject inspired graphic artists.

The exhibition features prints by well-known artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and George Stubbs, as well as many treasures by artists rarely seen.

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