A Katydid, a Fly, a Bee, and a Fulgoroid

Pen and brown ink, gray wash, gouache, and watercolor | 4.7 x 23.8cm | 17th century (?)

Anonymous, Dutch, 17th century ?

This Dutch drawing, likely made in the seventeenth century, illustrates a new interest in observing and documenting insects, which were deemed unworthy of serious study in previous periods. The shadows cast by these organisms express realism, though ...
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