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Birds and Symbolism

Jupiter en Ganymedes boven landschap | Giulio Campagnola | 1500 - 1503 | Rijksmuseum | Public Domain Marked

 

Jupiter en Ganymedes boven landschap | Giulio Campagnola | 1500 – 1503 | Rijksmuseum | Public Domain Marked

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Across many cultures birds play remarkable roles. Cultural symbols reflecting the many qualities human beings admire – speed, agility and hierarchical dominance. On this board we highlight artworks that depict manifestations of this symbolism.

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Oedipus and the sphinx | Niels Skovgaard | about 1885 | Statens Museum for Kunst | CC0

Oedipus and the sphinx | Niels Skovgaard | about 1885…

 

Den flyvende dårskab (Giv afkald på den ven, som skjuler dig under sine vinger og bider dig med sit næb) and Disparate volante | Francisco Goya | 1815-1824 | Statens Museum for Kunst | CC0

Den flyvende dårskab (Giv afkald på den ven, som skjuler dig…

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Jupiter en Ganymedes boven landschap | Giulio Campagnola | 1500 - 1503 | Rijksmuseum | Public Domain Marked

Jupiter en Ganymedes boven landschap | Giulio Campagnola…

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Oedipus and the sphinx | Niels Skovgaard | about 1885 | Statens Museum for Kunst | CC0

Oedipus and the sphinx | Niels Skovgaard | about 1885…

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Daedalus binds Icarus’ wings by Petr Ivanovich Sokolov, 1777. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Public Domain

Daedalus binds Icarus’ wings by Petr Ivanovich Sokolov…

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Prometheus bound to a rock, his liver eaten by an eagle. The Wellcome Library, CC BY

 

Prometheus bound to a rock, his liver eaten by an eagle. The Wellcome Library, CC BY

Prometheus bound to a rock, his liver eaten by an eagle. The…

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Kalev on the eagle’s back by Oskar Kallis, [1912]. Conservation Centre Kanut; Kadriorg Art Museum, CC0

Kalev on the eagle’s back by Oskar Kallis, [1912]…

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A woman is being attacked by an eagle as she attempts to rescue her baby. The Wellcome Library, CC BY

A woman is being attacked by an eagle as she attempts to…

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Firebird by Jelena Dmitrijewna Polenowa, 1897/1898. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Public Domain

Firebird by Jelena Dmitrijewna Polenowa, 1897/1898. The…

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Ornament in the form of a mythical beast, 800-950. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Ornament in the form of a mythical beast, 800-950…

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Bear hat by W. Langdon Kihn. The Wellcome Library, CC BY

Bear hat by W. Langdon Kihn. The Wellcome Library, CC BY

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Vishnu and Lakshmi on the bird Garuda, Rajasthan, 1800. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Vishnu and Lakshmi on the bird Garuda, Rajasthan, 1800…

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Griffin and shield with lion by Michel Liénard, 1866. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Griffin and shield with lion by Michel Liénard, 1866…

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Garuda carrying two identical figures possibly Krishna and Balarama. The Wellcome Library, CC BY

Garuda carrying two identical figures possibly Krishna and…

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Gold plaque with Garuda, Indonesia, 14th century. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Gold plaque with Garuda, Indonesia, 14th century…

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Griffin, Southern Netherlands, 1350. National Library of the Netherlands, Public Domain

Griffin, Southern Netherlands, 1350. National Library of the…

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Griffin, Italy, c.1500-c.1549. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Griffin, Italy, c.1500-c.1549. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

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Putti seated on a sea creature with the head of a griffin by Adam Fuchs, 1526-1606. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Putti seated on a sea creature with the head of a griffin by…

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Garuda, Nepal, 1100-c.1200. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Garuda, Nepal, 1100-c.1200. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

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Griffin by Jan Heesters. Museum Jan Heestershuis, CC0

Griffin by Jan Heesters. Museum Jan Heestershuis, CC0

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Garuda, Mewar, 1770. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Garuda, Mewar, 1770. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

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Ganymede abducted by the eagle of Jupiter by Auguste Desperet. National Library of France, Public Domain

Ganymede abducted by the eagle of Jupiter by Auguste…

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Symbol of St. John, 1475-1500. National Library of the Netherlands, Public Domain

Symbol of St. John, 1475-1500. National Library of the…

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Ganymede and the eagle by Francesco Righetti, 1782. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

 

Ganymede and the eagle by Francesco Righetti, 1782. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Ganymede and the eagle by Francesco Righetti, 1782…

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Hebe with Jupiter in the form of an eagle by Gustav-Adolphe Diez, 1820-1826. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

Hebe with Jupiter in the form of an eagle by Gustav-Adolphe Diez, 1820-1826. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain

 

 

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