Melencolia’s Sheep

The following is a guest post by Sheffield Animals cofounder Dr John Miller. We welcome contributors to our project blog. Please email s.mccorry@sheffield.ac.uk for more information. ---------------------------------- Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 engraving Melencolia 1 has attracted renewed attention in recent years for the significance of the animal at the feet of the brooding eponymous figure. This is commonly thought of as Melancholia’s Dog, in the title of Alice Kuzniar’s book. As John Ruskin wrote of the image as a whole, ‘What it means—no one knows’; its ambiguity runs parallel to Kuzniar’s memorable, exasperated confession in…continue reading →