Historically, a bestiary was a vividly illustrated story book that contained colourful descriptions of real, mythical and imaginary animals and birds. It was widely used in the Middle Ages as a moralising text and plundered by the church as a means of embellishing otherwise dry sermons and barren treatises.
Published in 1995 by the Faculty of Art, Media and Design, University of the West of England Bristol
ISBN 1 86043 023 6
In the summer of 1994, in the spirit of the medieval book of beasts, 44 painters, illustrators, designers, animators, printmakers and sculptors were invited in the spirit of the medieval book of beasts to create this edition which adapted and customised the moral issues of the day grafting traditional iconography onto new forms and narratives. These new beasts celebrated the end of the 20th Century.
Published in an edition of 250
List of artists:
Paul van der Lem
Alan R Jack
Peter de Francia