A hybrid and comic figure, often combining elements from various human and animal forms.
A hybrid and comic figure, often combining elements from various human and animal forms. Grotesques often bear no obvious relationship to the texts they embellish, although they can carry a commonly understood meaning derived, for example, from bestiary-related texts. They were popular in Gothic art from the thirteenth century on, especially as marginalia.
Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).