Pig tales – the swine in books and art

posted on 17 Jul 2017


Might pigs fly? Only on the pages of precious medieval manuscripts, where they also play bagpipes and lyres, or turn out in hats; where prickly pigs grin at a shower of acorns. In these illuminations, pigs are at the heart of some of life’s most significant moments – harvest, feasting, war: a French manuscript from 1420, which once belonged to Henry VIII, shows Alexander the Great driving off an attack of elephants with a battalion of fierce, tusked pigs.

Read the full article on this link to The Guardian