Friday, April 30, 2010

The Unicorn

The gentle and pensive maiden has the power to tame the unicorn. Fresco probably by Domenico Zampieri, c. 1602 (Palazzo Farnese, Rome)
In support of this claim, it has been noted that the 13th century traveller Marco Polo claimed to have seen a unicorn in Java, but his description makes it clear to the modern reader that he actually saw a Javan Rhinoceros.

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