And the lion shall lie down with the lamb
Beloved by artists for their rich symbolic significance and physical characteristics, these two beasts have been used in all media for thousands of years. But sometimes real animals are apparently not dramatic enough, and so we have “zoomorphs” – invented creatures often combining the features of multiple animals. Here we will explore a little of the range – from charming to terrifying – that these plays on the animal world can evoke.
SOPHIA ERREY is an artist, art educator and writer. She has lectured widely in the visual arts both historical and contemporary including developing and teaching a course on studio practice across design disciplines. Her most recent lecture at The Johnston Collection was AT TABLE
image: Edward Hicks (American, 1780 – 1849)
(detail from) Peaceable Kingdom, circa 1834 oil on canvas
collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1980.62.15, gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch | image used with permission under Public Domain