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Stories: The Monkey's Paw (1902) - W. W. Jacobs

The Painting Monkey (1740) - Jean Simon Chardin
Image sourced here.

In Consultation (1924) - Joseph Schippers

Gorilla and Woman (1887) - Emmanuel Frémiet
Another typical damsel in distress trope is King Kong

Congo Bill?

The Monkey in Art

Two monkeys smoking pipe
Etching by Coryn Boel (1620–1668), after David Teniers

From symbolising sensory pleasure to poking fun at the follies of mankind: Lucy Cutler on the role of the monkey in art

To contemporary eyes man has become the naked ape, but this was not always the case. The similarities between monkeys and men have always been recognised, but in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries monkeys formed part of the great chain of being and, like men, occupied a position between angels and animals. They were linked to the angels above by virtue of sharing their faculty of reason, while also being linked to the animals below through the experience of the senses. Monkeys and apes also became emblematic of man's baser nature; dependent on or trapped by sensory pleasure. --http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/stories/cutler_monkey.html [Dec 2006]

Monkey Portraits (2006) - Jill Greenberg

Monkey Portraits (2006) - Jill Greenberg
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Book Description
We share about 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, our closest biological cousins. And never have the similarities between simians and humans been so amusingly and brilliantly captured as in MONKEY PORTRAITS. Jill Greenberg has spent 15 years photographing celebrities--from Clint Eastwood to Drew Barrymore--for leading publications, but has recently focused on actors of a different sort. She has been photographing monkeys and apes, many of whom have appeared on film or in television shows. Her intimate portraits of these animals convey a startling range of emotions and personalities, and evoke an almost eerie sense of recognition. Each of these 76 amazingly anthropomorphic photographs will remind you of someone you know. These monkeys in all their glory will cause you to laugh out loud and to wonder just how different we truly are.

About the Author
Jill Greenberg regularly shoots advertising and celebrity portrait photography for clients such as Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Time, and Entertainment Weekly. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, children, and dog, Scooter.

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