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Imagination or Reality? Fantastical Beasts in Medieval Art and Thought (lecture)

Date: Thursday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

From ferocious six-handed women to flying monsters with sharp beaks and enormous claws, fantastical beasts of all sorts populated medieval books—and the medieval mind. Learn why from Elizabeth Morrison, curator of the exhibition Medieval Beasts (May 1–July 29, 2007). Meet dragons and demons, centaurs and sirens from the pages of bestiaries, romances, and histories and explore the meaning of these creatures to the medieval European. Were bizarre beasts thought to be actual inhabitants of the earth, or were they symbolic representations of the frightening unknown beyond the borders of western Europe?

About Elizabeth Morrison
Elizabeth Morrison is associate curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum and a specialist in secular manuscript illumination. She has curated many popular exhibitions at the Getty Center, including The Medieval Bookshelf: From Romance to Astronomy and Images of Violence in the Medieval World, and is the author of the newly published Medieval Beasts: Factual and Fantastic, the first in the new "Medieval Imagination" series from Getty Publications. A lively speaker, Morrison has lectured at many museums and universities across the United States and Europe.

Read a post by Elizabeth Morrison on our new exhibition blog, Looking at Animals.

Unclean Spirits / English

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