Introduction to fish imagery in art

  title={Introduction to fish imagery in art},
  author={Peter B. Moyle and Marilyn A. Moyle},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
SynopsisFish have been the subject of works of art for at least 14000 years and appeared in ‘primitive’ art from many cultures. In ancient civilizations of the West, fishes were a constant, if infrequent, motif. Fish designs in ancient Egypt were common and showed little change for 1500 years. Decorative fish designs of the Greeks and Romans (often with mythological significance) were adopted by early Christians as religious symbols. With the development of printing, the non-religious depiction… 

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