A Seminal Collection of Primates in Art

An online collection of primate images has been sourced from a wide variety of historical art from numerous countries.  One can browse examples from antiquity to the 21st century.  Instrumental in compiling this amazing collection was Stephen D. Nash, scientific illustrator and adjunct, associate professor at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.  Primates are represented in thousands of prints, paintings, ceramics, mosaics, and sculpture.  Many entries are anatomical illustrations of primates – some used to identify various monkeys.  Some are illustrations from fables and other stories.  A few of the historical works that depict primates include:  “Madonna and Saints”  (1520), a Renaissance painting by Ludovico Mazzolino, a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, “Cimiau and Efigenia” (1617), a painting from “The Seige of Lanka” illustrated manuscript series of the epic poem “The Ramayana”, attributed to the artist Manaku, (c. 1725), Guler, India, “Monkey and Crab” (1824), painting by Japanese artist Keisai Eisen, “Monkey and Cat” illustration (1867), by Gustave Dore, “Gorilla and Woman” (1887), by sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet, and “Monkey and Baby” (1952), a sculpture by Pablo Picasso.

More on artist Stephen D. Nash in a future blog.


See:  University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, The Nash Collection of Primates in Art.