Here Be Dragons: A Fantastic Bestiary

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"The Delacampagnes' argument is crisp, lucid, economical, and persuasive. Their conceptualization and interpretation of the subject is, so far as I am aware, new. I know of no work that both presents such an extensive range of imagery and offers a comprehensive analysis of this kind."--Arthur Goldhammer, Harvard University

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Overview

"The Delacampagnes' argument is crisp, lucid, economical, and persuasive. Their conceptualization and interpretation of the subject is, so far as I am aware, new. I know of no work that both presents such an extensive range of imagery and offers a comprehensive analysis of this kind."--Arthur Goldhammer, Harvard University

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Editorial Reviews

Toronto Globe & Mail
This lovely presentation of dragons and other imaginary beasts found in art all over the world makes it clear that humans have an almost innate facility for creating a pretend nature. . . . [A] beautiful book.
Toronto Globe and Mail

This lovely presentation of dragons and other imaginary beasts found in art all over the world makes it clear that humans have an almost innate facility for creating a pretend nature. . . . [A] beautiful book.
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"This lovely presentation of dragons and other imaginary beasts found in art all over the world makes it clear that humans have an almost innate facility for creating a pretend nature. . . . [A] beautiful book."--Toronto Globe and Mail
Library Journal
Chimeras, dragons, and unicorns may not exist, but they are beautifully illustrated in this coffee-table book depicting images of fantastic beasts from the beginning of recorded time to the present. While there are other books on this subject, none is as comprehensive either chronologically or multiculturally. Using a blend of art history and musings on the religions and myths of various peoples, the Delacampagnes attempt to define our age-old fascination with the unexplainable. Unfortunately, the authors' sometimes dense prose, coupled with their sociological and psychoanalytical interpretations of the images, makes for some difficult reading that ultimately sheds little light on the subject. The inadequate index mentions most of the fantastic creatures covered in the book but few of the artworks and none of the artists. Nevertheless, the illustrations are good, making it appropriate for an art library. If nothing else, this would be a nice adjunct to an image file.-Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691116891
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 12.02 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction 7
CHAPTER ONE: Symbols, Dreams, Religions 17
CHAPTER TWO: Inventing a Bestiary 45
CHAPTER THREE: Unicorns and Human Hybrids 75
CHAPTER FOUR: Flying Quadrupeds and Dragons 113
CHAPTER FIVE: Influences or Coincidences? 143
CHAPTER SIX: The Fantastic Today 175
Conclusion 191
Bibliography 195
Acknowledgments 197
Index 198
Photograghy Credits 200
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"The Delacampagnes' argument is crisp, lucid, economical, and persuasive. Their conceptualization and interpretation of the subject is, so far as I am aware, new. I know of no work that both presents such an extensive range of imagery and offers a comprehensive analysis of this kind."—Arthur Goldhammer, Harvard University

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