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Triple Study of an Ostrich

Pieter Boel

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Boel’s animal portraits include the ostrich, an object of great curiosity to visitors. Thomas Greene, who traveled to Versailles in 1764 with the British painter George Romney, wrote that he noticed at the Menagerie "very few things but what I had seen before, except a pelican and an ostridge [sic]."

Triple Study of an Ostrich, Pieter Boel (1622–1674), OIl on canvas

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