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Book of Beasts - The Bestiary in the Medieval World

Elizabeth Morrison Larisa Grollemond

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Getty Publications
15 June 2019
History of art: Byzantine & Medieval art; Animals & nature in art (still life, landscapes & seascapes); History
Brimming with lively animals both real and fantastic, the bestiary was one of the great illuminated manuscript traditions of the Middle Ages. Encompassing imaginary creatures, such as the unicorn, siren and griffin; exotic beasts, including the tiger, elephant and ape; as well as animals native to Europe, like the beaver, dog and hedgehog, the bestiary is a vibrant testimony to the medieval understanding of animals and their role in the world. So iconic were the stories and images of the bestiary that its beasts essentially escaped from the pages, appearing in a wide variety of manuscripts and other objects, including tapestries, ivories, metalwork and sculpture.

With over 270 colour illustrations and contributions by twenty-five leading medieval scholars, this gorgeous volume explores the bestiary and its widespread influence on medieval art and culture as well as on modern and contemporary artists like Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst.
By:   Elizabeth Morrison, Larisa Grollemond
Imprint:   Getty Publications
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 247mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   2.342kg
ISBN:   9781606065907
ISBN 10:   1606065904
Pages:   356
Publication Date:   15 June 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elizabeth Morrison is senior curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, coauthor of 'The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies' (Getty Publications, 2015), and editor of 'A Knight for the Ages: Jacques de Lalaing and the Art of Chivalry' (Getty Publications, 2018). Larisa Grollemond is assistant curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Reviews for Book of Beasts - The Bestiary in the Medieval World

The catalogue is a grand affair, with large pin-sharp illustrations, thorough data, bibliography and index. Care has been taken to balance scholarship with approachable text for the engaged non-specialist reader. --Alexander Adams Art Beautiful. --The Washington Post Like the manuscripts it considers, the book is a feast for the eye and a breath-taking cache of knowledge, which offers a much-needed balance to pre-existing scholarship on the bestiary's textual history. --Times Higher Education This volume would make a good addition for students of medieval art, calligraphers, illuminators, artists, art lovers, and students of ecclesiastical Latin and Greek. It is written in a meticulous and scholarly style, but as a layperson I had no problems understanding and learning from the included essays. --Nonstop Reader


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