Study of a shell of a tortoise, Jacob de Gheyn (II), 1585 - 1625
At the close of the 16th century, artists became increasingly interested in nature. Jacob de Gheyn’s circle of friends included several scientists. His expertise and excellent observational skills enabled him to portray plants and animals with meticulous accuracy. De Gheyn drew this picture of a tortoise shell from above and the side as a scientist would, observing his subject from different angles.