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Beasts Factual and Fantastic (Medieval Imagination) Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Apr 2007

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing Division (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071234991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712349918
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Morrison is Associate Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karolina D Wakulinska on 29 Nov. 2013
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It is a nice, good quality book, however I feel slightly disappointed with the contents. I expected more interesting illustrations as I seek inspiration for medieval style drawing and painting. More of factual than fantastic beasts in this book, and I am mainly looking for the latter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AgentMulderUK on 17 Dec. 2013
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Much smaller and thinner then expected. Most of the images can be found free elsewhere.
A very vague work on the topic, of little use overall.
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Delightful Pictures 20 July 2007
By Melinda - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover features one of my favorite Getty manuscripts. Inside are photos of beasts from a variety of Getty mss, not just bestiaries. This is another way of getting familiar with their collection. The captions are good, but the photos of the ms. pages are the strength of this book.
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A Beautiful Book 28 Jan. 2010
By Alison Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone into Medieval illuminations, this book offers page after page of delicious reproductions from Medieval illuminated manuscripts and books. The text and reproductions detail animals - both mythical, fantastical and real in a most enjoyable book. I look forward to purchasing others in the series.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a charming little volume 1 Mar. 2008
By Edward J. Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Morrison's BEASTS reproduces illuminations from medieval manuscripts in the Getty Collection depicting various real and imagined animals. The demon trying to tempt Thomas Aquinas and the scene of the animals paying homage to the Christ Child struck me as especially noteworthy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic book of fantastic creatures. 9 April 2010
By Eclectic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of medieval bestiaries, I can say that this book knocked me out. The Getty Museum has a world-class collection, and both the illustrations and text -- written and compiled by an expert curator -- are illuminating, to say the least. Of course, I'd also recommend a visit to the Getty, to see some of the originals on display there. Even a book as beautiful as this can't do them all justice.
Illuminated manuscripts have some quirky stuff in the margins. 21 Feb. 2015
By lyndonbrecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a small book about an obscure topic. but one that's worth reading about. It contains examples (from the Getty collection) of beasts from Medieval illuminated manuscripts. The illustrations were generally small, and often in the margins of the text. Books produced and illustrated by hand must have been tedious sometimes, but these graphics show lively and fertile imaginations.

As in the title, some were fantasies and some factual, insofar as factual had an image. It's not clear which are original in the Getty materials, or whether they might have n]been copied or re-imagined, but they are delightful. Seems to me that they offer a kind of communication with the manuscript illuminators; people with imaginations so vivid would be worth meeting.
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