Monstrous Engravings: Dragon or Monster Snapping at a Fly.

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A monster or dragon snapping at a fly. My redrawing of an engraving print made by Agostino Veneziano, Italian. 1515-1530.

This thing was simply so odd, when I saw the original I wanted to learn more about it. Alas, nothing much is on the internet pertaining to it. Is it a dragon or simply a monster, composed of parts of other animals? It has dog-, bird- and lion-like qualities. Its wings are pitifully useless and stick up from the end of the ribs.  And why did the artist feel it was so necessary to accentuate its reproductive “status” to such a degree?

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