The Monster of Cracow (1559) By Pierre Boaistuau

Alternatively “The Monster of Krakow”. The only information I could find on a ‘Cracow’/’Krakow’ monster, is a reference to the ‘Wawel‘ Dragon. However, their descriptions are not similar.

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The Monster of Cracow (1559) By Pierre Boaistuau

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Death and The Miser (16th Century) By Jan Provoost

A miser is a person who is not only cheap but greedy. They tend to hoard money and possessions. This image depicts Death coming for a miser. The miser tries to buy Death off. However, The Grim Reaper doesn’t take bribes.

Death and The Miser (16th Century) By Jan Provoost

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Modern Grotesque Decoration (1557) By Lucas van Doetecum

Featuring a River God. May also be contributed to the creator Johannes Van Doetecum the elder. This is quite the buffet of odd animals.

Give a man a fish – he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish at this river – he is eaten for a day. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Modern Grotesque Decoration (1557) By Lucas van Doetecum

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The Furnace (16th Century) By Unknown

The color scheme of this piece only emphasizes the involved flames. It depicts a story in chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel. Three Hebrew men are thrown into a fiery furnace. However, they not only walk out unscathed – they are accompanied by Jesus! Read more about this on Wikipedia.

This image is from the book “Hours of Henry II, King of France”. The full book is free to read online via The National Library of France(BNF).

The Furnace (16th Century) By Unknown

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Illustration of Man Suffering From Wind (1577) By Konrad Lykosthenes

Anyone with that much flatulence, would indeed need moral support. However, this tooting rascal seems quite happy observing a companions reaction.

Reminded me of this video. It is not real, but still funny. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Illustration of Man Suffering From Wind (1577) By Konrad Lykosthenes

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Memento Mori Figure (16th Century)

The exact creation date of this figure is unknown, as is the maker.

“Look closely at this wooden corpse in a coffin and you will notice worms coming out of the body’s stomach. ‘Memento Mori’ statues were used to remind people of the transience of life and material luxury.” – Image Description.

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The Triumph of Death (1562) By Pieter Bruegel the Elder

“Moral work that shows the triumph of Death overly worldly things, symbolized through a great army of skeletons sweeping the Earth. In the background a barren landscape appears where scenes of destruction still unfold…” – Image Description.

The Triumph of Death (1562) By Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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The Siege of an Elephant (1550) By Lucas Van Doetecum

Men try to subdue a Elephant, leading to many injured humans. The poor animal already seems to have a whole fucking house on its back. The fierceness of the Elephant and the various details, makes this piece entertaining. Go Mr. Trunks(name I have given to the Elephant)!

The Siege of an Elephant (1550) By Lucas Van Doetecum

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