Rijksmuseum to reveal a truly sensational discovery of Brazilian animal drawings by Frans Post

Dutch landscape artist’s notes describe six-banded armadillo as “good to eat, tastes like a chicken”

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is due to unveil 34 unknown drawings of Brazilian animals by the Dutch landscape artist Frans Post, providing a fascinating insight into the fauna of the New World in the 1630s. They were kept in an album dated 1667, which was donated in 1888 to the Noord-Hollands Archive in Haarlem. For centuries their importance had gone unrecognised, until the current archivist, Alexander de Bruin, was preparing an inventory. Intrigued by the quality of the works, he set out to investigate. (more…)