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1613 ca1678, Jun
a painter in the Dutch Golden Age. He is best known for his paintings of forest flora and fauna. Many of his paintings are dark studies of plants, often with lizards at the base and insects on the leaves and branches. Arnold Houbraken's biography of Otto mentions that he joined the Bentvueghels in Rome and was called the snuffelaer, or "sniffer", because he was always sniffing strange lizards and snakes. Houbraken quotes Otto's wife, who survived him by two husbands and was still alive when he wrote the book; according to her, Otto kept snakes and lizards in a shed at the back of his house, and also on a piece of land outside the city that was walled in for this purpose.
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