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The Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction

David Wengrow


It has often been claimed that “monsters”—supernatural creatures with bodies composed from multiple species—play a significant part in the thought and imagery of all people from all times. This book advances an alternative view. Composite figurations are intriguingly rare and isolated in the art of the prehistoric era. Instead it was with the rise of cities, elites, and cosmopolitan trade networks that “monsters” became widespread features of visual production in the ancient world. Showing how these fantastic images originated and how they were transmitted, this book identifies patterns in the ... More

Keywords: monsters, visual production, ancient world, image-making, visual imagination, cognition, culture, mechanical reproduction, art, evolutionary psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159041
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wengrow, author
University College London