|Beasts and Bestiaries: The representation of animals from prehistory to the Renaissance|
|Francesco Mezzalira, Guglielmo Cavallo & Danilo Mainardi|
|Torino: Umberto Allemandi, 2002|
"Zoological illustration provides a panorama of our cultural and social evolution in all areas of art: from primitive rupestrian engravings through to Roman mosaics, medieval miniatures, and renaissance prints and paintings. From the realism of prehistoric art to the icofauna of the Middle Ages, replete with legendary or mythical beings, some of them anthropomorphic, some recalling paradoxical or allegorical aspects of nature, right through the animals depicted in the portraits and sacred paintings of the Renaissance. The splendid illustrations and compelling texts in this volume accompany the reader into the realms of primitive engravings and mosaic decorations, medieaval codices and bestiaries teeming with pelicans, eagles and unicorns, each with its own mysterious symbolism. Lastly, it takes a close look at the zoological illustrations of the 16th century, when the finest blend of scientific realism and true artistic beauty was finally attained." - publisher
Also published in Italian as Bestie e bestiari: la rappresentazione degli animali dalla preistoria al Rinascimento.
182 pp., bibliography, index. 109 color illustrations. The color plates are of extraordinarly high quality.
|ISBN: 88-422-1095-1; LCCN: 2002493208; LC: N7660 .M49 2001; DDC: 758/.3/09 21|