The cover of the book called Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum (available to buy at Museum Bookstore)

Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum

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'A proper menagerie of illustrated beasties, taken from the print collection of the British Museum. There's a rather handsome porcupine, a scary-looking pig, and all manner of lesser-known creatures. ...A fun little book with broad appeal' - The Bookseller

he true picture of a Sea Dragon or Sea Wonder which has 384 teeth in its jaws by Nicolaus Mettel - Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum

The Camelopard, The Monstrous Pig, The Famous Porcupine, Dürer's Rhinoceros are but a few of the beautiful and bizarre creatures that feature in this delightful book. In the visual arts of the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries in Europe, animals were understood in relation to the human world, whether as animals of the farm, estate or household, beasts of burden or as diversions in menageries and travelling shows. At the same time, rapidly increasing investigation of the natural world engaged artists in the problems of accurate representation: prints were particularly important in distributing natural historical information (or misinformation) across a wide, international audience.

This beautifully illustrated book which accompanied the British Museum's touring exhibition, Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from Dürer to Goya, explores perceptions of the natural world as seen through the eyes of artists including Goya, Stubbs and Bewick. Drawn from the British Museum's exceptional collection of classical old master prints, book illustrations, satires and popular prints, this book is beautiful, entertaining and intriguing.

  • Author: Alison E. Wright, Curator of Prints and Drawings, British Museum
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Date published: September 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714126883
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 17.1 x 1.3 cm