Beast of Gévaudan, the man-eating gray wolf, dog or wolfdog which terrorised south-central France, 1764
Next Burma mentions briefly the Beast of Gévaudan, a man-eating wolf, dog, or wolf-dog hybrid that terrorized the Margeride Mountains in south-central France between 1764 and 1767. Dozens of youngsters were attacked and killed by the beast. The best account in English is Jay M. Smith, Monsters of the Gévaudan (Harvard University Press, 2011).
Le marchand de fagots Cris de Paris, vers 1500 BnF, Arsenal, Est. 264 Rés. pl. 11
Edward Gorey. Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf meet in the forest
La bête de Gevaudan : [estampe] - 1
Salvator Rosa (Italian, 1615–1673). Three Human Skulls - Study for “Democritus in Meditation”, 1662. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1953 (53.509.5).
Rosary Terminal Bead with Lovers and Death's Head, ca. 1500–1525. Made in North France or South Netherlands. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.305) | Here, the striking terminal bead announces the constant proximity of death by joining a skull to the pair of vivacious lovers. Such an image is known as a memento mori (reminder of death), as it encourages one to reflect on the transience of life. #skeleton
“heart: anterior view of internal cavities of the ventricles”, c e bock, 1879.*