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Head of a royal vulture (Sarcoramphus papa), 1763-1824. Creator: Circle of François Le Vaillant

Head of a royal vulture (Sarcoramphus papa), 1763-1824. Creator: Circle of François Le Vaillant


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Head of a royal vulture (Sarcoramphus papa), 1763-1824. Creator: Circle of François Le Vaillant

Head of a royal vulture (Sarcoramphus papa), 1763-1824. King vulture

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Beak Biology Bird Of Prey Le Vaillant Natural History Ornithology Raptor Vulture Francois Le Vaillant Francois Levaillant King Vulture Sarcoramphus Papa Watercolour Paint


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This stunning watercolor depicts the head of a Royal Vulture, Sarcoramphus papa, created by the Circle of François Le Vaillant between 1763 and 1824. The Royal Vulture, also known as the King Vulture, is a large bird of prey native to the Americas, with distinctive featherless, red head and neck. This exquisite artwork showcases the intricate details of the vulture's powerful beak and sharp, hooked bill, which are perfectly adapted for tearing apart the flesh of its prey. The Circle of François Le Vaillant was a group of artists and naturalists who worked under the guidance of the renowned French explorer and naturalist, François Le Vaillant. Le Vaillant traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Americas, documenting the natural world and creating accurate and detailed illustrations of various species. This watercolor is a testament to the skill and artistry of the Circle, capturing the essence of the Royal Vulture with remarkable precision and beauty. The artwork is believed to have originated from the Netherlands, where Le Vaillant spent some time during his travels. It is now part of the vast collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing Dutch art and cultural heritage. The watercolor is an invaluable addition to the museum's extensive collection of natural history and ornithological art, providing a glimpse into the natural world of the past and offering insights into the scientific discoveries of the eighteenth century.

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