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Animals in Art and Thought

To the End of the Middle Ages, 1st Edition

By Francis Klingender

Edited by Evelyn Antal, John P Harthan


608 pages

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Hardback: 9780367206369
pub: 2019-07-12
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Originally published in 1971, Animals in Art and Thought discusses the ways in which animals have been used by man in art and literature. The book looks at how they have been used to symbolise religious, social and political beliefs, as well as their pragmatic use by hunters, sportsmen, and farmers. The book discusses these various attitudes in a survey which ranges from prehistoric cave art to the later Middle Ages. The book is especially concerned with uncovering the latent, as well as the manifest meanings of animal art, and presents a detailed examination of the literary and archaeological monuments of the periods covered in the book. The book discusses the themes of Creation myths of the pagan and Christian religion, the contribution of the animal art of the ancient contribution of the animal art of the ancient Orient to the development of the Romanesque and gothic styles in Europe, the use of beast fables in social or political satire, and the heroic associations of animals in medieval chivalry.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword and Acknowledgements

Author’s Preface

Photographic Acknowledgements

Part I: The Ancient World

1 The Hunter’s Art and Mythology

2. Animal Art in the Ancient Near East

3. Animal Art in Civilizations of Greece and Rome

4. Barbaric Animal Styles

Part II: The Early Middle Ages

5. The Carolingian Renaissance

6. Late Anglo-Saxon Animal Art: The ‘Caedmon’ and ‘Aelfric’ Manuscripts

7. Germany, France and Spain c. 950-1050; the Apocalyptic Tradition

8. Byzantium and Italy

9. Romanesque and Early Gothic Animal Art

Part III: The Later Middle Ages

10. The Scientific Revival and the Beast Fables

11. English Animal Art of the Later Middle Ages

12. Continental Animal Art of the Later Middle Ages




General Index

Index of Animals

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General