Bestiary: animals in art from the Ice Age to our age

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Bestiary: animals in art from the Ice Age to our age is a wonderfully visual thematic exploration of animals, real, surreal and imaginary, as depicted on ritual objects and works of art.

Famous artworks mix with rarely-seen artefacts from every age and country of origin, offering fresh perspectives on their significance.

Art historian Christopher Masters is a clear and informative guide to the subject, illuminating familiar masterpieces and bringing lesser-known treasures into the light. Arranged thematically into five chapters, his 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 civilisations. An ancient Egyptian bronze divine cat sits next to a 19th century print of English domestic feline bliss; a miniature Ice Age mammoth faces an ancient engraved drawing of a horse; the royal lion hunt is played across the walls of Ashurbanipal’s palace in Assyrian Nineveh; a Minoan acrobat leaps onto the back of a 3,500-year-old bull while a Roman marble gives vivid life to the Persian legend of Mithras and the bull.

  • Product Code: CMC9780500480236
  • Product Weight: 0.78kg
  • Author: Christopher Masters
  • Pages: 256
  • Format: PLC (no jacket)
  • Dimensions: H19.5 x L17.5cm
  • Illustrations: 268
  • Postage Weight: 0.85 Kg

Bestiary: animals in art from the Ice Age to our age is a wonderfully visual thematic exploration of animals, real, surreal and imaginary, as depicted on ritual objects and works of art.

Famous artworks mix with rarely-seen artefacts from every age and country of origin, offering fresh perspectives on their significance.

Art historian Christopher Masters is a clear and informative guide to the subject, illuminating familiar masterpieces and bringing lesser-known treasures into the light. Arranged thematically into five chapters, his 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 civilisations. An ancient Egyptian bronze divine cat sits next to a 19th century print of English domestic feline bliss; a miniature Ice Age mammoth faces an ancient engraved drawing of a horse; the royal lion hunt is played across the walls of Ashurbanipal’s palace in Assyrian Nineveh; a Minoan acrobat leaps onto the back of a 3,500-year-old bull while a Roman marble gives vivid life to the Persian legend of Mithras and the bull.

  • Product Code: CMC9780500480236
  • Product Weight: 0.78kg
  • Author: Christopher Masters
  • Pages: 256
  • Format: PLC (no jacket)
  • Dimensions: H19.5 x L17.5cm
  • Illustrations: 268
  • Postage Weight: 0.85 Kg

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