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"Young Hare" by Albrecht Dürer
Young Hare (German: Feldhase) is a 1502 watercolour and gouache painting by German artist Albrecht Dürer. Painted in 1502 in his workshop, it is acknowledged as a masterpiece of observational art alongside his Great Piece of Turf from the following year. The subject is rendered with almost photographic accuracy, and although the piece is normally given the title Young Hare, the portrait is sufficiently detailed for the hare to be identified as a mature specimen — the German title translates as "Field Hare" and the work is often referred to in English as the Hare or Wild Hare.


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One of John Tenniel's engravings from Alice in Wonderland
One of John Tenniel's engravings from Alice in Wonderland, the 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world (the Wonderland of the title) populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic in ways that have given the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children.


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Title illustration from The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother who puts him to bed after dosing him with chamomile tea. The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter's former governess Annie Moore, in 1893. The book was a success, and multiple reprints were issued in the years immediately following its debut. It has been translated into 36 languages and with 45 million copies sold it is one of the best-selling books of all time.


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Henry Raeburn: Boy and Rabbit, 1814
Boy and Rabbit is an 1814 painting by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756–1823), a Scottish portrait painter. Raeburn was fortunate in the time in which he practised portraiture: Sir Walter Scott, Hugh Blair, Henry Mackenzie, Lord Woodhouselee, William Robertson, John Home, Robert Fergusson, and Dugald Stewart were resident in Edinburgh, and were all painted by Raeburn. Boy and Rabbit is currently owned by The Royal Academy of Arts, London.


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Tile with two rabbits, two snakes and a tortoise. Illustration for Zakariya al-Qazwini's book, Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing (13th century).
Abu Yahya Zakariya' ibn Muhammad al-Qazwini (1203 – 1283) was a Persian physician, astronomer, geographer and proto-science fiction writer. He travelled around in Mesopotamia and Syria, and finally entered the circle patronized by the governor of Baghdad, ‘Ata-Malik Juwayni (d. 1283 CE). This 19th-century tile from the Louvre shows two rabbits, two snakes, and a tortoise and is based on an illustration from his magnum opus Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing.


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Reversible figure optical illusion — is it a duck or a rabbit? ...or a duck? ...or a rabbit?
The rabbit–duck illusion is an ambiguous image first published in the German humor magazine Fliegende Blätter in 1892. It can either be interpreted as the head of a duck (facing left) or a rabbit (facing right). Joseph Jastrow (1863–1944), an American psychologist, noted for inventions in experimental psychology, design of experiments, and psycho-physics, popularized this image and was once considered its creator. The German Fraktur text reads Welche Thiere gleichen einander am meisten? ("Which two animals look most alike?")—Kaninchen und Ente. ("Rabbit and duck.")


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"Hare in the Snow" by Albrecht Dürer
Hare in the Snow (German: Hase im Schnee), an 1875 painting by German artist Ferdinand von Rayski. Rayski mainly gained a reputation as a portrait painter but he also produced animal and hunting scenes and military, historical and mythological paintings.


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"Child with rabbits" by Polychronis Lembesis
Child with rabbits (1879), a painting by Greek artist Polychronis Lembesis, a member of the Munich School art movement. Today he is considered one of its most important representatives. Many of his works are exhibited at the National Gallery of Athens.


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"Stevenson's wire fence", 1884 cartoon
This 1884 cartoon ("Stevenson's wire fence") pokes fun at the suggestion to erect a rabbit-proof fence between New South Wales and Queensland in Eastern Australia. Starting in 1901, three such fences were indeed constructed in Western Australia, with the longest of them being officially called the State Barrier Fence of Western Australia.


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Easter bunny postcard, circa early-20th-century
An early-20th-century Easter postcard depicting rabbits. The character of the Easter Bunny was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Frankenau's De ovis paschalibus ("About Easter Eggs"), referring to an Alsatian tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs. Since antiquity, rabbits and hares have been regarded as fertility symbols thanks to being prolific breeders.


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Hare hieroglyph photo
The ancient Egyptian hare hieroglyph is a portrayal of an Egyptian desert hare, which the Egyptians called sekhat. This hieroglyph expresses the sound "oon" or "oonen"; it is also a symbol (ideogram) for the verb "to be" or "to exist". The written name of famous Pharaoh Unas also uses the hare hieroglyph.


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Two Rabbits, Pampas Grass, and Full Moon by Hiroshige
Two Rabbits, Pampas Grass, and Full Moon (circa 1849–1851) by Japanese painter and printmaker Hiroshige. Hiroshige produced works in the ukiyo-e genre and is considered one of the last great artists in that tradition. In the 19th century, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh were inspired by Hiroshige's works, in particular his landscapes.


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Detail from Nature morte de fruits et de fleurs avec des animaux by David Koninck
Detail from Nature morte de fruits et de fleurs avec des animaux ("Still life with fruits, flowers, and animals"), a late 17th-century work by Flemish Baroque painter David Koninck (ca. 1644 – after 1701)


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Zan Zig performing with rabbit and roses, including hat trick and levitation
The hat-trick is a magic trick that is usually performed by pulling a rabbit out of a seemingly empty top hat. It is said that the earliest magician to pull a rabbit out of a hat was Louis Comte in 1814, though this is also attributed to the much later John Henry Anderson. This magic trick is so well-known that it has been referenced in a wide variety of media. And rabbits are so commonly associated with the trick that they are frequently used to represent magic in general.


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Coat of arms of Corbenay with the three hares motif
Coat of arms of Corbenay with the three hares motif, a circular motif appearing in sacred sites from the Middle and Far East to the churches of southwest England (as the "Tinners' Rabbits"), and historical synagogues in Europe. The symbol features three hares or rabbits chasing each other in a circle. Although its meaning is apparently not explained in contemporary written sources, it is thought to have a range of symbolic or mystical associations with fertility and the lunar cycle.


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Street Art in Zaragoza (Spain)
Street art in Zaragoza, Spain


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Silver coin with hare
Ancient Greek tetradrachm silver coin featuring a hare and a dolphin (right), ca. 461–450 BC


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Detail from Ansley three-light window
Detail from the Ansley three-light window (1930) by Karl Parsons, an English stained glass artist and adherent of the Arts and Crafts movement


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Stanford bunny
The Stanford bunny is a 1994 computer graphics 3-D test model developed by Greg Turk and Marc Levoy at Stanford University. A ceramic figurine of a rabbit was scanned in 3-D to create a model with 69,451 polygons which is considered low-resolution by today's standards. The model can be used to test various graphics algorithms such as polygonal simplification, compression, and surface smoothing.


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Big Buck Bunny movie still
Still from Big Buck Bunny, a 2007 computer-animated short film. The plot follows a day in the life of the main character Big Buck Bunny who meets three bullying rodents. The film was made using Blender, a free application for 3-D modeling, rendering, compositing, and animation.


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