Animals in Art
London: British Museum Publications, 1977
"In this lavishly illustrated book the author draws on the wide-ranging collections of the British Museum and the British Library to portray man's long association with the animal world. The illustrations and the text together lead the reader through all cultures and periods, from reindeer carved by a prehistoric hunter to the animal fetishes of modern Africa, from an Egyption mummified cat to Stubbs's drawings. In sculpture and pottery, wood and bronze, coins and manuscripts, we can trace the deveolpment of man's view of animals. ... The book first looks at hunted and domesticated animals, and the describes how animals have been used symbolically in thought, religion, signs and emblems. In a chapter on stories and fables we see how by making animals play the role of men writers have been able to point fun at human foibles and weakness. In the last two chapters of the book the manner of representation becomes more important than the significance. The abstract use of animals in ornament and design is contrasted with the growth of objective studies of animals. It is fascinating to discover how very recently it is that artists have learned, or wished, to portray animals reallistically in the manner we accept as natural today." - publisher
150 pp., 12 color plates, 200 black & white illustrations, bibliography, index.
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