The bestiary in the Romanesque

El bestiari

The bestiary in the Romanesque

 

The bestiary in the Romanesque

Animals are one of the most significant elements of medieval iconography and what they symbolised in the period, one of the least known nowadays.  From the 12th century onwards, medieval thinkers discovered nature as a way of achieving knowledge about all the truths and the animals became examples of human behaviour.  Added to the relation between humans and animals was the symbolic dimension in which the latter were metaphors that explained religious truths.

From the 13th century onwards, the bestiary became popularised, even in courtesan ambits, and took on a more and more moralising tendency: they not only explained eternal truths, but also how the people should behave.

 

 

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