Wild Men and Heraldry

Keywords: Wild man, coat-of-arms, heraldry, Moor’s heads. The wild man was frequently depicted holding a shield to indicate his combative nature, which may have led to his portrayal in the heraldic tradition to symbolise the protector of the family coat-of-arms (Davies, 2012, p. 68). The wild man featured in more than 200 coat-of-arms across Europe,… Continue reading Wild Men and Heraldry

Child Murderers within the wider Visual Culture of Infanticide and Cannibalism

Keywords: Der Kinderfresser, Wild Man, Witchcraft, Midwives, Cannibalism This Christmas, did your children make it to the naughty or nice list? The image of sixteenth-century Der Kinderfresser (‘the child eater’) is not dissimilar to the modern idea of Santa with large belly, large belt over a long coat, and large black boots, carrying a large… Continue reading Child Murderers within the wider Visual Culture of Infanticide and Cannibalism

Representations of Monsters in German Renaissance Prints

Keywords: Human-animal hybrids, Monstrous Races, Monstrous Births, Wild Man, Werewolves Representations of human-animal hybrids and the concept of shape-shifting in both literary sources and the visual arts captured the early modern European imagination. This is particularly evident in the prevalence of pictorial prints featuring these creatures dated in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that… Continue reading Representations of Monsters in German Renaissance Prints

Monstrous Women: Hair, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern German Prints

Keywords: Witches, body hair, wild woman, werewolves, sexuality The concept of shape-shifting and representations of human-animal hybrids in both literary sources and the visual arts captured the early modern European imagination. This phenomenon is particularly evident in the prevalence of pictorial prints featuring these creatures dated in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, produced in… Continue reading Monstrous Women: Hair, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern German Prints