1st Edition

Animals in Art and Thought To the End of the Middle Ages

    612 Pages
    by Routledge

    612 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    Antal, Evelyn ; Harthan, John P