• Painting Monkeys as People

    6 monthes ago - By Gurney Journey

    Gabriel Ritter von Max (1840-1915) painted satirical pictures of monkeys in human roles. He earned the nickname “Affenmaler,” .
    For example here's a painting he did of two macaques as scholars.
    In the 19th century, many people were seeing live monkeys for the first time. The London Zoo opened in 1828, and the Philadelphia Zoo opened in 1874.
    There were also traveling performers with monkeys dressed as humans. Seeing animals up close in an era before wildlife films must have been a revelation.
    Charles Darwin's book "On the Origin of the Species" was published in 1859, which began to draw...
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