Otto Marseus van Schrieck (1619-1678)

This Dutch artist was not just a painter of the "hidden undergrowth," or the insects, reptiles, and amphibians that are often overlooked; he was an amateur naturalist, keeping and breeding snakes and other species. His paintings are very dark, with great detail and mood. He sometimes included small parts of insects (wing scales, legs) in the paintings to make them more realistic. Several reproductions of his paintings are available.

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Snakes and Butterflies (1670), oil on canvas

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The Burdock Bush (16--), oil on canvas

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Insects and Reptiles in a Wood (16--), oil on canvas

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Undergrowth and Wildlife (16--), oil on canvas

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Reptiles, Mushrooms, and Butterflies (16--)

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Morning Glory, Toad, and Insects (1660)

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Still-Life with Plants and Reptiles (1667)

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