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Plate 9: Argonauts Hicleus and Naucleus led in the float of Neptune (Hicleo e Naucleo Argon. condotti nel carro di Nattunno), with male sea creatures blowing horns from the water below, from the series 'The magnificent pageant on the river Arno in Florence for the marriage of the Grand Duke' (Le Magnifique carousel fait sur le fleuve de l'Arne a Florence, pour le mariage du Grand Duc), for the wedding celebration of Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, 1608

Plate 9: Argonauts Hicleus and Naucleus led in the float of Neptune (Hicleo e Naucleo Argon. condotti nel carro di Nattunno), with male sea creatures blowing horns from the water below, from the series 'The magnificent pageant on the river Arno in Florence for the marriage of the Grand Duke' (Le Magnifique carousel fait sur le fleuve de l'Arne a Florence, pour le mariage du Grand Duc), for the wedding celebration of Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, 1608

 
 
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Here we have strange, weird and wonderful prints and paintings by Medieval and Renaissance artists. Sometimes it is difficult to explain the scene, the whole thing just seems so ridiculous, and we get a good laugh out of it.

Florentine artist Remigio Cantagallina is best known for his etchings of landscapes and religious subjects, influenced by Paul Bril. In 1612–13 he traveled to the Dutch Republic, the Southern Netherlands, and France, which he documented in detailed drawings in pen and wash of buildings, houses, and cityscapes, complete with persons engaged at work or play in the foreground.

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1664
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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