Bestiaries present known and fanciful animals: Horse and Rider; ca. 1506-1508 beeswax sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci
Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452–May 2, 1519) left captivating studies of horses along with his only surviving equine sculpture.
sculpture authenticated in 1985 by da Vinci expert Carlo Pedretti (born 1928): Jwpetty1951, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_Da_Vinci_Horse_and_Rider.jpg
The Chandos Portrait of Georg Friedrich Händel: ca. 1720 oil on canvas
Portrait, formerly attributed to Sir James Thornhill (July 25, 1675 or 1676–May 4, 1734), is known as Chandos portrait for the musician's great patron, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos (January 6, 1673 - August 9, 1744)
The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, South East England: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Georg_Friedrich_Händel_3.jpg
Turtledoves (Streptopelia spp) symbolize safety in Georg Friedrich Händel opera, Floridante.
Floridante premiered at King's Theatre in London on December 9, 1721.
The Turtle Dove; oil on canvas by Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1823 - March 10, 1903): Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SophieAnderson_TheTurtleDoveSmall.jpg
Donna Leon's debut installment of her series on Baroque music's contemporaneous creations and inventions honors her favorite composer, Georg Friedrich Händel.
Donna Leon; Monday, November 1, 2010, 12:19: Michiel Hendryckx, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donna_Leon.jpg
Georg Friedrich Händel preceded his insertion of a nightingale in his 1741 opera Deidamia with compositions ca. 1739 duetting a nightingale with a cuckoo (Concerti Grossi Op. 6 No. 9; Organ Concerto No. 13).
singing contest between cuckoo (cuculus) and nightingale (luscinia) judged by donkey (assus) in woodcut by Tobias Stimmer (April 7, 1539-Jan. 4, 1584), whose woodcuts Peter Paul Rubens (June 28,1577-May 30, 1640) described as "a special jewel of our art"
Matthias Holtzwart's Emblematum Tyrocinia (Strasbourg: Bernhard Jobin, 1581): Provenance Online Project (POP), CC BY 2.0, via Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7725720458/