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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Paperback, 8 x 10 in. / 96 pgs / 45 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2016 p. 13   

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ISBN 9781942303169 TRADE
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Fragile Beasts Coloring Book

Edited by Caitlin Condell. Illustrated by Magali Berthon.

Fragile Beasts Coloring Book

Discover hidden monsters, serpents and other beasts in this coloring book based on historical prints

Discover hidden monsters and awaken serpents, chimeras, dragons and gargoyles in this coloring book inspired by grotesque ornament prints from the 16th and 17th centuries. Animals become alternately ferocious or docile as you color in these delicate designs from the imaginative minds of artists working in the Age of Exploration.

The late-15th-century discovery of ancient Roman murals inspired Renaissance artists and designers, who disseminated their grotesque motifs through drawings, prints and patterns in architecture, metalwork, textiles and ceramics. Suddenly, fantastical creatures began to appear in sinuous designs for locks, ewers, rings, tapestries, stained glass and more. Alternately fearsome and playful, graceful and rigid, these works--often measuring just a few inches--are at times erotically charged and at others moralizing.

In June 2016, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum mounts the exhibition Fragile Beasts, highlighting rarely seen grotesque works on paper from the museum’s permanent collection. Now, never before published in this form, they are redrawn by designer Magali An Berthon in the pages of a coloring book.


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Fragile Beasts Coloring Book

Fragile Beasts Coloring Book

Fragile Beasts, an exhibition of more than 100 ornamental prints and drawings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, opens today at Cooper Hewitt. Published to accompany the exhibition is this super-sophisticated coloring book, which transforms the original grotesques into line drawings that beg to be colored in. Featured here is an adaptation of a sixteenth-century engraving on paper, "Grotesque Ornament with Satyrs," from a set of 20 ornamental panels by Italian artisan Agostino Veneziano (ca 1490-after 1536). Find out what the adult coloring book craze is all about! continue to blog


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