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									history        Animals as Disguised Symbols in Renaissance Art
               Simona Cohen, Tel-Aviv University


               • October 2008
               • ISBN 978 90 04 17101 5
               • Hardback (352 pp.)
               • List price EUR 99.- / US$ 158.-
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               • Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History, 169 / Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History
                 and Intellectual History, 2

               The relationship between medieval animal symbolism and the iconography of animals
               in the Renaissance has scarcely been studied. Filling a gap in this significant field of
               Renaissance culture, in general, and its art, in particular, this book demonstrates the
               continuity and tenacity of medieval animal interpretations and symbolism, disguised under
               the veil of genre, religious or mythological narrative and scientific naturalism. An extensive
               introduction, dealing with relevant medieval and early Renaissance sources, is followed by a
               series of case studies that illustrate ways in which Renaissance artists revived conventional
               animal imagery in unprecedented contexts, investing them with new meanings, on a social,
               political, ethical, religious or psychological level, often by applying exegetical methodology
               in creating multiple semantic and iconographic levels.
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               Table of Contents:

               List of Illustrations
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               Acknowledgements

               Introduction

               I. THE HERITAGE AND SOURCES

               1. Medieval Sources of Renaissance Animal Symbolism
                  Concealing the Tracks: The Physiologus and Bestiary Tradition
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                  A Monkey on the Roof: Animal Moralizations in Exempla Literature and Sermons
                  Animal Moralizations in Medieval Encyclopedias
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                  The Psychomachia Tradition and Images of Mounted Vices
               2. Renaissance Naturalists and Animal Symbolism: Fact and Fantasy
                  Bestiaries of the Fifteenth Century: The Monsters of Pier Candido Decembrio’s
                  De animantium naturis
                  The Timid Hare and Lustful Camel: Leonardo da Vinci’s Bestiary
                  Natural History in the Sixteenth Century
               3. Emblematic Literature and Related Sources
                  Andrea Alciato’s Emblematum Libellus, Its Sources and Influence
                  The Symbola and Emblemata of Joachim Camerarius
                  The Traditional and Retrospective Aspect of the Renaissance Emblem
               II. CASE STUDIES
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               4.  The Birds and Animals of Carpaccio’s Miles Christianus
               5.  The Enigma of Carpaccio’s Venetian Ladies
               6.  Animals in the Paintings of Titian: A Key to Hidden Meanings
               7.  Titian’s London Allegory and the Three Beasts of his Selva Oscura
               8.  Animal Heads and Hybrid Creatures, The San Lorenzo Lavabo and its Sources
               9.  Andrea del Sarto’s Madonna of the Harpies and the Human-Animal Hybrid in the
                   Renaissance
               10. The Ambivalent Scorpio in Bronzino’s London Allegory
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               Epilogue

               Select Bibliography
               Index


               Readership: All thoses interested in medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, medieval
               and Renaissance Art History, animal symbolism, bestiaries, iconography, moralistic art,
               and Venetian painting. Relevant to academic libraries, art institutes, museum libraries,
               specialists and students.

               Simona Cohen, Phd. in Art History (1982), Tel-Aviv University, is Senior Lecturer there.
               She has published extensively on problems of Renaissance iconography, Venetian art and
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               animal symbolism. Indian Art History is her second academic field of research and teaching.
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dealing with relevant medieval and early Renaissance sources, is followed by
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new meanings, on a social, political, ethical, religious or psychological level,
often by applying exegetical methodology in creating multiple semantic and
iconographic levels.

simona cohen, Phd. in Art History (1982), Tel-Aviv University, is Senior
Lecturer there. She has published extensively on problems of Renaissance
iconography, Venetian art and animal symbolism. Indian Art History is her
second academic field of research and teaching.




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