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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610–1664

Ostrich Hunt from Animal Hunts

Engraving and etching, 1654
Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1982.190i

While there may have been ostriches in the royal menagerie, there is no evidence that hunts took place. This scene is therefore a flight of the artist’s imagination.