All posts tagged: Bestiary

A Siren and a Centaur, Bestiary ca. 1270

Bestiary, Illuminated Manuscript (ca. 1270)

Bestiaries – books of beasts – were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals and legendary creatures. Each beast was an allegory: “Animals, both real and imagined, wild and domestic, were thought to have significance beyond themselves” (James Grout). For example, the pelican, devoted to its children, was believed […]