April 24, 2020Old Master Through Modern Prints

Beyond the Bestiary: Fantastic Beasts and Figures of Myth in Old Master—and Modern—Prints

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Medieval bestiaries were illustrated catalogues of creatures both real and imagined, detailing physical descriptions, origins, and symbolism of each beast that identified the vices and virtues of society. Prolific in the art of the Old Masters, like Albrecht Dürer, these beasts and the symbolism behind them have survived and evolved through the centuries into Modern and Contemporary Art in western culture.