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My latest artwork features a cockatrice, which is a legendary beast that has the head and claws of a rooster on the body of a two-legged (and winged) dragon.

According to myth, like Medusa, the gaze, touch or breath of the cockatrice could turn one into stone. Even after death, it still retained the ability to petrify its victims. The only animal immune to the glance of the cocatrice, according to medieval bestiaries, was the weasel. Other ways to kill it include having it listen to a cock crow or for it to look at itself in a mirror. A cockatrice is also sometimes used interchangeably with the basilisk, which is the king of serpents.

The Cockatrice
by Lynnette Shelley
16 × 20 inches
Oil Pastel, acrylic, graphite, and colored pencils on art board
For Sale

Some detail photos


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Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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    BLYTHARTover 2 years ago

    This just has to be one of your best ever!!!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Magnificent creation. Beautifully done.

  • Moonlake
    Moonlakeover 2 years ago

    wow stunning

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 2 years ago

    Awesome colors and textures!

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Great creature, wonderfully done!

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago

    Great look and action. Liz

  • madvlad
    madvladover 2 years ago

    so much work went into this,historical feel always,800ad,all over again

  • Tatjana Larina
    Tatjana Larinaover 2 years ago

    Love absolutely everything about it. Amazing work.

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 2 years ago

    Fabulous work – incredible talent!

  • Joanne Jackson
    Joanne Jacksonover 2 years ago

    love the detail!

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