The Beasts in the Margins with Gail-Nina Anderson

The Beasts in the Margins with Gail-Nina Anderson

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The Lit & Phil

23 Westgate Road



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Explore the animal images that populate illuminated borders of the Lindisfarne Gospels - from real creatures to exotic, mythical hybrids.

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The bands of intricate, inter-woven arabesques of apparently abstract decoration are a defining feature of the Lindisfarne Gospels, but a closer look reveals the stylised shapes of sea birds, plus an extraordinary cat. These herald a whole tribe of marginal manuscript animals who populate illuminated borders through several centuries of differing style and content. From naturalistic depictions of real creatures to the exotic, mythical, hybrid and imaginary, these reveal the artists’ invention, observation and humour.

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