The Ubiquitous Pig

The Ubiquitous Pig

by Marilyn Nissenson, Susan Jonas, Susan Jonas
     
 

Mention the word pig and people smile. They picture pink skin, a corkscrew tall, and the adorable snout of a piglet. They think of Miss Piggy, Wilbur, and Porky Pig. Pigs have inspired writers from Ovid to Mother Goose and artists from ancient Herculaneum to contemporary Hollywood. Still, people can't decide what to make of pigs. Pigs are so compelling, so mysterious,… See more details below

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Mention the word pig and people smile. They picture pink skin, a corkscrew tall, and the adorable snout of a piglet. They think of Miss Piggy, Wilbur, and Porky Pig. Pigs have inspired writers from Ovid to Mother Goose and artists from ancient Herculaneum to contemporary Hollywood. Still, people can't decide what to make of pigs. Pigs are so compelling, so mysterious, so contradictory - finicky yet fat, massive yet dainty, stolid yet smart. Humans, uneasy about their role in the life and death of pigs, make images of them that reveal complex feelings of attraction, revulsion, sentimentality, and guilt. In The Ubiquitous Pig, authors Marilyn Nissenson and Susan Jonas take an affectionate look at the many-sided relationship between humans and pigs and the art people have made to reflect that bond. Presented in 165 illustrations, 90 of them in color, are some of the most beguiling, dignified, haunting, cuddly, and ferocious images of pigs from antiquity to the present, along with excerpts from writings about them. Sprinkled throughout are sidebars, aphorisms, and little-known facts about these fascinating but often misunderstood creatures. The relationship between people and pigs has been noted by medical researchers, political cartoonists, and literary figures, including G. K. Chesterton, Thomas Hardy, George Orwell, Charles Lamb, Beatrix Potter, Lewis Carroll, Dylan Thomas, E. B. White, and Harry Truman, who said, "No man should be allowed to be president who does not understand hogs." Representations of pigs are among the earliest works of art, and they have remained a compelling subject for artists as diverse as Hieronymous Bosch, Faberge, Eadweard Muybridge, Winslow Homer, Currier and Ives, Alexander Calder, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Charles Addams, Maurice Sendak, and William Steig. The authors provide a lively introduction, filled with anecdotes and history. A brief bibliography for the hard-core pig fan and an index round out this charming volume.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The dictionary suggests the synonyms pervasive , popular , and widespread for the word ubiquitous. Living up to its title, this book is filled with pigs and pig lore. Lavishly illustrated with representatives in every media from porcelain to postcards, it provides a delightful commentary on the affinity between people and pigs. The reader will be introduced to pig facts (``proto-pigs roamed the forests and wetlands of Europe 40 million years ago'') and pig Latin, pigs as pets, banks, political satirists, performers, and of course pork. This is not a comprehensive collection of piggy paraphernalia, but the 165 illustrations should satisfy and entertain pig enthusiasts as well as those with only a casual interest. There are other anthologies on the popular pig, but this book is so appealing that all those who passed this reviewer's desk picked it up and paged through it with a smile. Recommended for popular collections.-- Debra Schneider, Virginia Henderson Internat. Nursing Lib., Indianapolis
Booknews
A celebration of swine in art, craft and letters. Fine illustrations, competent text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ray Olson
From the witty Calder wire construction, "Sow", that decorates its front cover to its epilogue celebrating the greatest porcine personality of our time--no, not Donald Trump--Miss Piggy, this album of the pig in art is delectable. After a literate, well-informed introduction reviews the swine's place in society, history, art, literature, and religion as well as on the table, Nissenson and Jonas tastefully load the pages with exquisitely reproduced paintings, drawings, photographs, cartoons, objets d'art, folk art articles (quilts, weathervanes, and such), and literary passages all concerned with the arguably (they'll certainly argue for it) smartest domestic animal. Never has pigging out been made a more charming proposition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810981553
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.75(d)

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