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  1. What Does the Fox Say?

    If you haven’t already watched "The Fox," a YouTube sensation “song of summer” by the Norwegian duo Bård Ylvisåker and Vegard Ylvisåker (known simply as Ylvis), then this post will seem even more random than most things that we come up with.  Watch it now.

    imageYlvis, “The Fox” from tvnorge YouTube channel, published September 3, 2013

    Today’s entry is dedicated to the fox in art.

    Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

    imageJohann Joachim Kändler, Luisa Bordoni and Fox, c. 1743, hard-paste porcelain (Meissen Manufactory).  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York [Read more about this piece]

    Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

    imageWolf and Fox Hunt, 1615-21, oil on canvas.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!

    imageThe Fox from the Aberdeen Bestiary, c. 1200, tempera colors and gold on parchment.  Aberdeen University Library MS 24, Aberdeen, United Kingdom [Browse the entire bestiary]

    Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!

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    Fox Mask: Kitsune, Japan, late 19th century, wood.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!

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    Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (Meissen Porcelain Factory),A Fox with a Chicken, 1732, hard-paste porcelain with traces of oil paint.  The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

    Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!

    imageDancing Fox, Japan, 1766, woodblock print.  The Art Institute of Chicago

    A-hee-ahee ha-hee!

    imageReynard the Fox Preaching to a Group of Birds, The Smithfield Decretals (Edited by Raymund of Peñafort, with gloss of Bernard of Parma, Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria), last quarter of the 13th century of first quarter of the 14th century, tempera on parchment.  The British Library, London (Royal 10 E IV, fol. 49v) [Explore the manuscript here]
     
     
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