All the fantastic fish – poster

by gone71 N

This is a new composition in our “digital foraging” series. The poster shows the collected fish from Louis Renard’s work “Poissons, écrevisses et crabes”, which was first published in 1719 and is now usually known under the title “Fantastic Fish”.

In total, there are around 400 different fish, mostly ficitve, especially in terms of their color composition. However, these fish are not completely invented and some can be assigned to real species today due to their shape.

However, for people who like it colorful, the fish are especially beautiful to look at.

High resolution print

I created the full-resolution images with a size of 16000 x 24000 pixels. This means that large-scale poster prints and wall decorations of several meters are also possible without any problems.

"All the fantastic fish" – poster detail @ 100%
"All the fantastic fish" – poster detail @ 100%
"All the fantastic fish" – poster details

“digital foraging”

I recently started with what I call “digital foraging”. There is an incredible amount of information on the Internet just waiting to be rediscovered.

In this case, I orientate myself on historical scientific drawings from times long past. Buried in archives and databases, there are true treasures of data and illustrations that I am happy to rediscover in order to create something new from them.

Usually there is some work and  research involved to get usable files, to convert them into the appropriate formats and then process them accordingly.

For me, hours of research in scientific databases and historical records from centuries past can best be described as “digital foraging”. Looking for historical pictures of fish, mushrooms or the like awakens similar instincts here.

The original illustrations by Louis Renard

The book supposedly shows fish from the “East Indies” from the beginning of the 18th century, a time when relatively little was known about life in this region in Europe.

The author Louis Renard has never visited this area himself and the images are based on scientific records and images from other illustrators and a great deal of imagination.

Below I would like to give some examples of the original drawings used here.

Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | plate 38
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | Nr. 300 – 304
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | Nr. 35 – 39
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | Nr. 152 – 155
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | Nr. 176 – 179
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | Nr. 134 – 139
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | Nr. 114 – 118
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | Nr. 64 – 67
Original page from the book "Poissons, écrevisses et crabes..." by Louis Renard | 1754 | Nr. 31 – 39

Let us know what you think of these images and feel free to give us suggestions on which topics we should delve into next.

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