|Imagination or Reality? Fantastical Beasts in Medieval Art and Thought|
| J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007
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"Audio is now available of a recent [May 17, 2007] lecture by Elizabeth Morrison, curator of the exhibition Medieval Beasts [at the Getty Museum], on the fantastic beasts found in manuscripts. ... In her lecture, Morrison focused on the different types of fantastic creatures found in manuscripts, exploring their origins, their use in a Christian European context, their role in perceptions of the afterlife, and their appearance in romances and travelogues. She considered why medieval Europeans regarded beasts as symbols of God's divine plan, of the unknown, and of the regions beyond Europe, and why fantastic animals continue to capture our imagination." - Getty
The full lecture (about one hour) is available for download as an MP3 audio file.