The first few pages of the book are about the born and the explanation of the Estense Ceramic technique that is called Graffito. This technique, in few words, is a complex and slow handcrafting work that makes the artworks acquiring two levels of colour and tactile deepness; and next coloured and polished finishings. And a brief historical introduction.
During this research I found immediately analogies between the animals of Borso d’Este Bible and the others on the ceramic artworks. I decided to project some cards with the animals picked up from the original Bible and the others founded in the Romolo Magnani books.
The reader has, then, the possibility of use the cards to make a comparison between the animals of ceramic iconography and their peers in the wanderful miniatures of Borso d’Este Bible.
The book is divided in different sections, each for every kind of animal and for its antique and modern iconography. Each of them begins with a brief explanation of the symbolic value and of the context of every typology of animals.
Sometimes the animals I found are so funny and a bit weird. It was cool to finding out all these kinds of strange creatures and observe the relationship with the miniatures.