Book of Beasts

VIDEO: Book of Beasts at the Getty
Griffin (detail) from Book of Flowers, 1460, unknown illuminator, made in France and Belgium. Parchment, 16 1/16 × 11 1/4 in. The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, Ms.72 A 23, fol. 46

VIDEO: Book of Beasts at the Getty

A new exhibition at the Getty is all about the book of beasts—the medieval bestiary.

What is a bestiary? It is a richly illustrated book containing stories about lions, unicorns, foxes, whales, and more animals—both real and imagined, common and fantastical. In this video, Getty Museum curators Elizabeth Morrison and Larisa Grollemond introduce a few of their favorite medieval beast stories and explain what makes the bestiary such a fascinating and visually compelling art form.

Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World is on view at the Getty Center until August 18, 2019; admission is free.

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