Fragile Beasts Coloring Book: 40 Grotesque Designs from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum - Museum Bookstore

Fragile Beasts Coloring Book: 40 Grotesque Designs from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Fragile Beasts Coloring Book

The word grotesque was first coined at the end of the fifteenth century in Italy to describe a style of painting found in Ancient Roman ruins in which foliage intertwines and merges with human and animal forms. The re-discovery of these ruins was deeply influential to artists and designers. Through drawings and prints, grotesque motifs were disseminated as patterns for decoration in architecture, metalwork, textiles and ceramics.

Fragile Beasts Colouring Book is the companion book to the Cooper Hewitt's 2016 exhibition of more than 100 ornamental prints and drawings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and transforms the original grotesques into line drawings to be coloured in.  We have to admit we were initially a bit sceptical about a colouring exhibition catalogue - but have been completely won over by this volume.

Get up close and personal with the cowcumber and the scaly sphinx as you discover what the adult colouring craze is all about!

  • Author: Magali Berthon
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Date published: August 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1942303169
  • Product Dimensions: 25.0 x 20.0 cm