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Joris Hoefnagel was at the end of the 16th century a well-known artist who made in 1590 this drawing, entitled “Allegory of love in a trompe d’oeuil surrounded by flowers and animals”; the colour painting on vellum is now in an unknown private collection [1].

Hoefnagel 1590 RKD63939_

One of the animals shown is a land snail at the lower border, very precisely illustrated. The dextral snail has all the characteristics that suggest it to be a Cepaea species.

Hoefnagel 1590 RKD63939_d

Note:
[1] RKD 63939. http://explore.rkd.nl/explore/images/63939 (permalink, with provenance history).

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