The Rijksmuseum is exhibiting the Natural History Paper Museum of Emperor Rudolf II. This unique collection of 750 watercolors of animals, birds and plants was compiled between 1596 and 1610 as a compendium of zoology and botany by Rudolf’s court physician, Anselmus de Boodt. The albums were purchased at TEFAF by a private collector and will be on long-term loan to the Rijksmuseum.
Anselmus de Boodt, Ostrich, “Historia Naturalis” by Rudolf II, vol. III, pl. 38
Anselmus de Boodt, African Porcupine, “Historia Naturalis” by Rudolf II, vol. II, pl. 32