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  1. Elephants

    When it comes to animals, elephants are my favorite.  When it comes to political parties, I prefer donkeys.  I’m glad these elephants are in great works of art and not in the White House.
     
    Rembrandt van Rijn, An Elephant, 1637, black chalk and charcoal.  The British Museum, LondonRembrandt van Rijn, An Elephant, 1637, black chalk and charcoal.  The British Museum, London
     
    Matteo de' Pasti, Medal with Isotta degli Atti, c. 1450, bronze.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Matteo de’ Pasti, Medal with Isotta degli Atti, c. 1450, bronze.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
     
    Elephant Mosaic, from the peristyle in the House of the Laberii at Uthina, 4th century, limestone, marble and glass mosaic. Musée national du Bardo, TunisiaElephant Mosaic, from the peristyle in the House of the Laberii at Uthina, 4th century, limestone, marble and glass mosaic. Musée national du Bardo, Tunisia
     
    An Elephant Carrying a Tower of Warriors, second quarter of the 13th century, tempera and gold leaf on parchment. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (MS. Bodl. 764, fol. 12)An Elephant Carrying a Tower of Warriors, second quarter of the 13th century, tempera and gold leaf on parchment. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (MS. Bodl. 764, fol. 12)
     
    Do you know about Leonardo da Vinci’s elephant?  Read about it here.
     
     
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