The work goes well beyond the Liber monstrorum de diversis generibus: an unwillingness to moralizing bestiary that is in late-ancient or medieval, but it is a book of wonders, that knows how to scare, surprise, a book in the odor of magic that transcends reality prejudice always attentive witness.
The message is didactic, allegorical and religious at the same time, it is a grammar of nature that classifies and creates creatures. In Medieval times this book pursues the semantic polyvalence and multifunctionality, in spite of all the enlightenments; as in Isidore of Seville Etymologiae each page begins with "Bestiarum vocabulum proprie convenit ..." (the word animal, wild animal, suits ...).


  • Title: A Killing Joke
  • Creator: Fabrizio Cotognini
  • Date Created: 2016/2016
  • Physical Dimensions: w330 x h21 cm
  • Type: Picture
  • Rights: http://www.doutdo.it/copyright.html
  • Medium: Matita, penna, biacca e oro su libro d'artista, insetti di vetro di Murano
  • Donor: Aldo Colella

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