Unicorns and Flying Dragons in Noah's Ark: The Bible Story according to Medieval and Modern European Works of Art

Abraham Ofir Shemesh


The current study analyzes several medieval and modern works of art that portray mythological creatures who entered Noah's ark (Genesis 6:5-9) – flying dragon-like and imaginary creatures as well as unicorns. The artists assumedly chose to portray these animals for several reasons: a) in the ancient world the existence of creatures with unusual and exceptional qualities was a commonly held belief; b) mythological animals aroused the imagination of the ancients and sparked their curiosity.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17851/1982-3053.13.24.193-206


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