The mole

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    An art print of 'The mole': an engraving by Melchior Lorck dated to 1548. The print shows a large-scale mole lying in the foreground with a landscape of a small town in the background. Highly detailed, it shows several of the anatomical features of the mole, for example its conical snout, domed head and short tail, though it is curious that the artist does not represent the mole's characteristic black fur. The print is a strong example of naturalistic observation, but it offers much more: an analysis of the mole's habits, character and relevance to the world of men. The inscription along the bottom of the print refers to the blindness of the mole, and compares its sightless digging after food with the empty pursuit of worldly things. Indeed the smallness of the town in the background, which is dwarfed by the slightly squashed and sorry specimen, implies that man's worldly achievements are ultimately unimpressive. Quietly, however, the print seems to approve of the skill and imagination of both man and mole; for example, the mole's left paw is raised above some scooped lines, emphasising its skill for digging as well as the skill of the engraver, and the busy town building (the scaffolding on the right shows this is in active process) could be seen as admirably ambitious.

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    Artist: Melchior Lorck

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