Uncanny Pic: Max Klinger’s pterodactyl


A stunning example of cryptozoological art, this image of a pterodactyl making off with a lady’s glove is by Max Klinger, a German artist of the 19th century. This comes from his picture cycle made between 1878/81 about the adventures of a lost glove. Klinger was hugely influential on the later Symbolists and Surrealists. This is such a bold and strange image – what on Earth was in Klinger’s mind when he drew it? I [articularly like the paranormal aspect of the monster: the window is smashed but not by the pterodactyl, for it could not have got through either hole through which the hands are desperately reaching. It is clearly an apparitional monster, a spook.

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About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (www.uncannyuk.com), a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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