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Brett Stenson - "Bertuch's Dragon"


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Brett Stenson - "Bertuch's Dragon"
Acryla Gouache, 12x12"
"Dragons are ubiquitous in the history of mythology around the world – found in many different time periods and regions throughout time. Their depictions can range from serpent to lizard-like with four legs, some wingless, and some with wings of eyes breathing fire. One of my favorite examples would, of course, be the legendary and "most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm" Smaug in J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Hobbit". This particular depiction was an homage to Friedrich Justin Bertuch's illustration of a dragon from 1806, who started an artist school for students based their skills and inclusion of folks of all socially diverse backgrounds."