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A Landsknecht holding a sword behind his neck; FL figure, looking to left. From a series of fifty woodcuts.  c.1525-30 Woodcut

(Circa) Print made by: Jörg Breu I. Published by: David de Negker. Block cut by: Jost de Negker. A Landsknecht holding a sword behind his neck; whole-length figure, looking to left. From a series of fifty woodcuts.

LUCIFER - The Devil at centre, with three faces and three pairs of wings, standing in a pool and devouring a damned soul, against dark background. Titled in top centre: "LVCIFER." Lettered extensively around image with excerpts of Dante's Divina Comedia. Engraving made by Cornelis Galle I, After Lodovico Cigoli, Belgium, 1591-1650.

An engraving of Dante’s encounter with Lucifer/Satan at the end of the Inferno. Illustrators of Dante have given us a number of depictions of Dante’s fallen angel—a monstrous beast with multiple wings and three heads

Breakthrough. Changing Planes.  16th Century Woodcut.  Artist Unknown.  Postcard.

Breakthrough. Changing Planes. 16th Century Woodcut. Artist Unknown. Postcard.

16th Century woodcut print

Man being eaten by a sea (Blue) serpent. Illustration found on the margin of a map prepared by Olaus Magnus, century Swedish geographer. From The Strand Magazine published Poster Print x

15-16th century drawing of a polypus.

Octopus From Conrad Gessner’s Historia animalium this octopus engraving is a remarkably good likeness—except for the depiction of round, rather than slit-shaped, pupils—indicating the artist clearly did not draw from a live specimen.