PM 007

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PM007 – IMAGE

SORT:

dawing – etch on paper

TYPE:

visualization of the unicorn

ORIGIN:

Kondrad Gessner, 1551, illustration of a Unicorn in Historiae Animalium  

FILE:

CONTEXT OF PM :

The unicorn is part of the Zoologic encyclopedia Historiae animalium of Conrad Gessner in 1551 and was of much influence after his dead. 

RELATION TO CARTOPOLOGY:

First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature. Gessner added it to his zoologic encyclopedia because he was not sure the unicorn did not really exist.