Curious Beasts: 
Animal Prints from Dürer to Goya

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This touring exhibition explores our enduring curiosity about the animal world through the beautiful and bizarre imagery found in prints of the 15th to the early 19th centuries in the British Museum’s collection.

The exhibition features prints by well-known artists including Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and George Stubbs, alongside lesser known and rarely seen treasures.

These small-scale, easily transported and comparatively affordable prints were accessible to many levels of society and are a fascinating record of early modern imagination and creativity.

 

Exhibition blog posts

Farewell to Curious Beasts
Alison Wright, exhibition curator, British Museum

 

Sikh Akali-Nihang turban

Frederick Hendrik Van Hove, The famous Porcupine, engraving, second half of the 17th century