Dirty Stinkin’ Apes

by Matthew Innis |

Monkeys (and apes) have long been a popular feature of art, but it was not until the 16th century, at the hands of the Flemish engraver Pieter van der Borcht, that they garnered for themselves their own artistic genre.  Called “singeries,” or “monkey tricks” (from the French word for monkey, “singes”), these satiric artworks featured our hairy…

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