Shark’s head and teeth

Title: Shark’s head and teeth

Creator: Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635-1700) from a drawing byAgostino Scilla (1639-1700)

Description: Plate 27 from ‘De corporibus marinis lapidescentibus quae defossa reperiuntur’, Romae: Typis Antonii de Rubeis (1747) which contains the first Latin translation of the Italian painter Agostino Scilla’s only palaeontological (and heavily influential) work ‘La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso’ [Vain speculation undeceived by sense] (1670) in which he argued that fossils were not the magical objects many believed them to be but were petrefactions (that is fossils) of once living organisms.

Date: 1670 reproduced in 1747

Format: Engraving

Image reference: 04-58

Recommended print size: Up to A4 (30 x 20cm)


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