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In the Metropolitan Museum, New York, one of the works by Joris Hoefnagel is “Still life with flowers, a snail and insects”. This watercolour and gouache on vellum was made in 1589 [1]. It is thus from his Vienna period [2].


The snail is seen from the side, its dextral shell uniformly greyish, as is the animal; only the two larger tentacles are shown. The shell might have been modeled after a Helix-like species.


[1] MMN, inv. 2008.110. Purchase, Charles and Jessie Price, Jean A. Bonna, and Annette de la Renta Gifts, and The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2008. http://to.ly/FnaZ.
[2] https://rkd.nl/explore/artists/38733.