The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series

Art, Ethics and the Human-Animal Relationship

Authors: Johnson, Linda

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  • Resituates works of art representing animals
  • Shows how the relationship between humans and animals engages society and art
  • Foregrounds artists who played an integral role in questioning animal exploitation
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This book examines the works of major artists between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, as important barometers of individual and collective values toward non-human life. Once viewed as merely representational, these works can also be read as tangential or morally instrumental by way of formal analysis and critical theories. Chapter Two demonstrates the discrimination toward large and small felines in Genesis and The Book of Revelation. Chapter Three explores the cruel capture of free roaming animals and how artists depicted their furs, feathers and shells in costume as symbols of virtue and vice. Chapter Four identifies speciest beliefs between donkeys and horses. Chapter Five explores the altered Dutch kitchen spaces and disguised food animals in various culinary constructs in still life painting. Chapter Six explores the animal substances embedded in pigments. Chapter Seven examines animals in absentia-in the crafting of brushes. The book concludes with the fish paintings of William Merritt Chase whose glazing techniques demonstrate an artistic approach that honors fishes as sentient beings.

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Linda M. Johnson, Curator of Hancock Shaker Village (Living History Museum in Massachusetts, USA). Johnson’s research and teaching focus has been in American and European Art History at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA, and The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, USA. She is a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK. Publications include “Increase Mather: A Pre-Millennial Portrait During the Revocation of the Massachusetts Charter” in American Literature and the New Puritan Studies, (2018).

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'An outstanding work. Brilliant, scholarly, and insightful. Linda Johnson has established herself as the leading art historian of our complex relationship with animals. Her work shows how art can enhance as well as denigrate the status of other species. She has opened up a whole new field of artistic endeavour.'

- Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Art, Ethics and the Human-Animal Relationship
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-78833-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-78833-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-78832-2
Series ISSN
2634-6672
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 308
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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