Close Notification

Your cart does not contain any items

Bestiary: Animals in Art from the Ice Age to Our Age

Christopher Masters



We can order this in for you
How long will it take?


Thames & Hudson
01 September 2018
Art & Architecture; Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; Antiques & collectables: pictures, prints & maps
This lovely gift book explores fantastic beasts both real and invented, from every age and culture around the world.

Drawing on the world-leading scholarship and vast collections of the British Museum, Bestiary is a wonderful visual, thematic exploration of animals?real, surreal, and imaginary?as depicted on beautiful ritual objects and works of art. Famous masterpieces mix with little-seen artifacts from every age and around the globe.

Arranged thematically into five chapters (wild, domestic, exotic, symbolic, and hybrids and mythical creatures), this book depicts animals in intelligent pairings and groupings of images that encourage the reader to find and learn the cultural context and connections between the origins of many different civilizations. An ancient Egyptian bronze divine cat sits next to a nineteenth-century print of English domestic feline bliss; a miniature Ice Age mammoth sits with an ancient engraved drawing of a horse; a Minoan acrobat leaps onto the back of a 3,500-year-old bull.

Art historian Christopher Masters is a wonderfully clear and informative guide, illuminating familiar masterpieces and bringing lesser-known treasures into the light. This book will enchant animal lovers and gift buyers, as well as appealing to curious general readers and offering inspiration to the creative imagination.

The book features 350 illustrations.
By:   Christopher Masters
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 170mm, 
Weight:   790g
ISBN:   9780500480236
ISBN 10:   0500480230
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction 2. Animals of the Wild 3. Domestic 4. Exotic 5. Symbolic 6. Hybrids & Mythical Creatures 7. Further reading 8. List of Illustration References 9. Index

Reviews for Bestiary: Animals in Art from the Ice Age to Our Age

'A wonderful visual, thematic exploration ... this book will enchant animal lovers' - Antiques Diary

See Also