Annone – Elephants in Art and Imagination


Annone is the Italian name given to a young, white elephant that was transported from Cochin, on the southwest coast of India, first to Lisbon and then to Rome, in the early 16th century.  Until his untimely death on June 8, 1516, Annone played a significant role in the pageantry and public life of Rome, inspiring artists, poets and political satirists. This blog will tell Annone’s story, and a bigger story of elephants in art and imagination, in the hope of inspiring a new generation of international artists and writers, as we approach the 500th anniversary of his arrival in Rome in March, 2014.

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