Illustrations of ‘Aesop’s Fables’ Through the Ages


Some stories just never go out of fashion. This week, Maria Popova tipped us off to an excellent collection of illustrations from various editions of Aesop’s Fables over the last few centuries, curated by Laura K. Gibbs. After the jump, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites, from as early as 1479 and ranging into the 20th century. Click through to remind yourself just how long your favorite fables have been in circulation (and with great accompanying art throughout), and then be sure to head here to check out many, many more of these amazing illustrations.

De asino et catello, illustrated by Steinhowel, 1479.

The Fox and the Man, illustrated by Alciato, 1531.

The Dog and the Sheep, illustrated by Jacob Gole, 1685.

The Ass in a Lion’s Skin, illustrated by Charles Bennett, 1857.

The Frog and the Ox, illustrated by McLoughlin Brothers, circa 1880.

The Peacock’s Complaint, illustrated by Walter Crane, 1887.

The Wolf and the Dancing Children, illustrated by J. M. Conde, 1905.

The Stag and the Vine, illustrated by Edward Julius Detmold, 1909.

The Sea and His Voice, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1912.

The Wolf and the Donkey, illustrated by Milo Winter, 1919.