Crocodile and hippopotamus hunt

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    A fine art print of 'Crocodile and hippopotamus hunt', an engraving produced around 1623-4 by Willem de Leeuw. This imaginary hunting scene shows the almost primal violence of a close encounter between aggressive humans and aggressive, powerful animals. A striking artwork, it reproduces one of a series of exotic hunting scenes by Peter Paul Rubens, thought to symbolise man defeating his 'bestial' desires. The artwork is also inspired by the ancient past: classical authors often linked hippopotamuses and crocodiles together as both are found in the River Nile, and some depictions show the two in battle - spectacle which was reproduced in Roman amphitheatres. However, most fascinating of all is the choice of the hippopotamus, as the species was so little known at this time; a living specimen was not to be seen in Western Europe until 1850. Rubens visited Rome several times in the early seventeenth century and could have studied the features from two rare stuffed specimens displayed there from 1601.

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    Artist: Willem de Leeuw

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