Heinrich Aldegrever (German, ca. 1502–1555/1561). Mars, in armor, standing in profile to the left and holding a burning torch, a cow and a horse behind him, from 'The seven planets,' 1533. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Phyllis Massar, 2011 (2012.136.784.2) #horses
Monstrorum Historia (A History of Monsters), 1642 Ulisse Aldrovandi was an Italian naturalist and physician who helped lead the Renaissance movement that placed a renewed emphasis on the study of nature. One of the many books he wrote was Monstrorum Historia (“A History of Monsters”), a compendium of reported human and animal monstrosities. The book included accounts not only of monstrous natural births but also of entirely imaginary, extremely far-fetched monsters.