The real-world version of this painting is closer to five feet wide than fifteen, but it wouldn’t have looked as dramatic that way.

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National Gallery, London
Roelant Savery, The Paradise (1626)
On loan from Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Jany: So this artist used to be your Master?

Blake: Not quite. He was the court painter for the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II — that was my Master.

According to art historians, he had me model for a lot of the paintings. Usually as a human. Can you spot me in this one?

Jany: Hmm . . .

Aha! Here! A big cat that’s not a lion!

I don’t think the artist painted any lizards in this at all . . .

Kara Lynn: His loss.