Drolatic Dreams IV
The image is from The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel (1565),published by Richard Breton in Paris. The book comprises 120 woodcuts which Breton claimed were the works of Francois Rabelais, although this is almost certainly not the case. A more likely creator for “the most curious pictures that can be found in the whole world” is the engraver Francois Desprez. Whatever their origin, the images remain startling to this day.