Secrecy, Ostentation, and the Illustration of Exotic Animals in Sixteenth-Century Portugal

@article{Costa2009SecrecyOA,
  title={Secrecy, Ostentation, and the Illustration of Exotic Animals in Sixteenth-Century Portugal},
  author={Palmira Fontes da Costa},
  journal={Annals of Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={66},
  pages={59-82}
}
During the first decades of the sixteenth century, several animals described and viewed as exotic by the Europeans were regularly shipped from India to Lisbon. This paper addresses the relevance of these 'new' animals to knowledge and visual representations of the natural world. It discusses their cultural and scientific meaning in Portuguese travel literature of the period as well as printed illustrations, charts and tapestries. This paper suggests that Portugal did not make the most of its… 
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