Browse Exhibits (37 total)

Monstrum Marinum (Siren)


An image of a siren (monstrum marinum) and a seal (vitulum marinum) in Athanasius Kircher's Arca Noë.

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Motacilla (Wagtail) and Regulus (Goldcrest)

Birds on Page 94 of Arca Noe

This page features the Motacilla and Regulus birds from Page 94 of Kircher's book Arca Noe.

Struthiocamelus (Ostrich)

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The largest of the bird species, the ostrich, was one of the animals included on Kicher's Arca Noë.

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Hirundo (Swallow), Luscinia (Nightingale), Alcym (Finch) , Alauda (Lark)

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Kircher's depiction on page 93 of the Arca Noe of four passerine birds.

Camelopardalis (Giraffe)


Although its not the giraffe most are familiar with, Kircher's depiction of the Camelopardalis is quite unique and provides interesting insight into Early Modern European printmaking. 

Sciurus (Squirrel)


The squirrel is one of four small mammals depicted and discussed by Kircher on page 65 of his Arca Noë.

Columba (Dove)

Columba (Dove)

On page 85 of the Arca Noë is the dove, which Kircher presents as a simple and good creature. 

Crane (Grus)

Grus (Crane)

This woodcut image of a crane and the accompanying text distinguish it from similar birds: the heron and the stork. 

Porcus (Boar)


The images within this exhibit include a woodcut from Athanasius Kircher's Arca Noë, as well as a hunting scene from an English bestiary. Kircher sought to reconcile the biblical narrative of Noah's Ark with empirical observations of animals from his own time, and the entry concerning the boar in his own book draws on direct interaction with it, as well as previous sources, such as images produced in 13th century England. 

Elephas and Camelus (Elephant and Camel)

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This page is an account of the visual and textual descriptions of two animals, the elephant and the camel, in Athanasius Kircher's Arca Noë.