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In the Musée du Louvre, Paris, a colour drawing is present made by Joris and Jacob Hoefnagel in 1597. This work originated during the Vienna period of these artists, who were father and son. It is assumed now that Joris Hoefnagel made the outer border, with flowers and animals, and Jacob the central part.
The text in the upper border reads: “VENATOR CASSES, ET CASSES TE[N]DIT AMATOR,/ QVOS SAEPE INCASSVM TENDIT VTERQ[UE] TAME./ EX AEQVO PLVVIAS, ET VENTOS SPERNIT VTERQ[UE],/ DAMNOSOS NVTRIT STVLTVS VTERQVE CANES.” [A hunter sets a trap, but a trap that both often put in vain. Wind and rain can not hurt at the same time, and both equally foolish they give any harmful dogs to eat]. The text in the lower part is: “ATTAMEN HOC DISTA[N]T QVOD CV[M] FAERA STERNITVR, ALTER/ PRAEMIA SOLLICITI IVSTA LABORIS HABET./ TVM DEMVM VERO INFELIX SVPERATVR AMATOR,/ CVM SIMILIS VICTAE PRAEDA SVPINA IACET.” [but they are different from each other, because if the game is felled, one has a justified reward for the arduous work. Only then is the fancier overcome when he, like a conquered game, as a prey lies at its back]. [1, 2]


In the drawing two, mirrored, snails may be seen in the lower border; both are quite naturalistically drawn, but their tail is invisible. The left snail is dextral, the right snail is sinistral. Both shells show the colour pattern of a Cornu species.


[1] http://explore.rkd.nl/explore/artists/38733http://explore.rkd.nl/explore/artists/38732
[2] http://explore.rkd.nl/explore/images/121336