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172 Discovered works of art
Mythical creatures are creatures of fantasy, fairy tales, mythologies and legends. But some of them also have their origins in the real world. For example, mammoth bones could once have been considered giants' bones. Even regional fabulous animals are there, which later turned out to be real. There are both positive, helping and destructive, dangerous mythical creatures. Often they were used for the personification of dangers and for the education of children. Such as the Scottish Kelpie, who is lurking in the water, drowning to approaching. As you know, the fear of wolves and bats created vampires and werewolves. In earlier times, nobility collected specimens that supposedly belonged to mythical creatures, such as the horn of a unicorn. This belief seems to us backward today, but even in our time there are modern mythical creatures. Among the best known representatives are the sea monster Nessie, the Yeti or the Chupacabra.

Through the fascination of humans for mythical creatures a variety of works arose at all times. They deal, inter alia, with dragon kills, nymphs and satyurs, mermaids and sirens. Also godsages and fairy tale motives can be found again. Particularly popular are Titania and Oberon or fairy motives such as "The Midsummer Night" by Edward Robert Hughes. The painter Arnold Böcklin was particularly fascinated by mythical creatures. "Triton and Nereide" and "The Hunt of Diana" are just two of his countless colorful works on the subject. For him mythical creatures stood for the harmony with nature. The Pan, a horned, flute-playing nature deity he painted especially often. The artist Paul Peter Rubens, one of the most famous Baroque painters, created his work "Zwei Satyrs". And also the impressionist Edvard Munch, known for his famous painting "The Scream" created portraits of mermaids. The fascination for the beings of our imagination runs from the past to modern times.

Perseus and Andromeda or Androme...
1832 | hand-coloured engraving

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Perseus and Andromeda or Androme...
1832 | hand-coloured engraving

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Undated | colour lithograph

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Undated | Watercolor on paper

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Puck and Fairies, from 'A Midsum...
Undated | oil on millboard

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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A Rehearsal in Fairy Land, illus...
Undated | colour lithograph

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Cadmus Sowing the Dragon's Teeth
Undated | oil on wood

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Cadmus Sowing the Dragon's Teeth
0 | oil on wood

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Fairy Lovers in a Bird's Nest Wa...
Undated | watercolour and bodycolour on paper

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Fairy Lovers in a Bird's Nest Wa...
0 | watercolour and bodycolour on paper

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Titania's Awakening, c.1785-90
1790 |

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Titania's Awakening, c.1785-90
1790 |

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Undated | Oil on cardboard

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Dancing Fairies (pen und ink and...
Undated | pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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Dancing Fairies (pen und ink and...
0 | pen and ink and watercolour on paper

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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Undated | pen and ink drawing with brown wash and white highlighting

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0 | pen and ink drawing with brown wash and white highlighting

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Undated | Watercolor on paper

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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George and the Dragon, illustrat...
Undated | colour lithograph

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Fairy Ring, from 'The Snowman' (...
Undated | watercolour on brown paper

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Fairy Ring, from 'The Snowman' (...
0 | watercolour on brown paper

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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1914 | Oil on canvas

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1914 | Oil on canvas

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The dragon chariot and fairy min...
Undated | pen, ink and watercolour on paper

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The dragon chariot and fairy min...
0 | pen, ink and watercolour on paper

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The Enchanted Tree, a fantasy ba...
1845 | watercolour on paper

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The Enchanted Tree, a fantasy ba...
1845 | watercolour on paper

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