3 weeks ago
"What else can you expect from a science(?) where bends can be straight, pales can be dark, and naked women are usually proper?"
(I don't remember who I'm stealing that from. As usual, I just ran across it somewhere on the internet.)
Like all other human creations, heraldic art has reflected the changes of fashion. As heraldry advanced from its utilitarian usages, its artistic quality declined. In the 18th century, for example, heraldry described new arms in an absurdly obtuse manner and rendered them in an overly intricate style. Much of the heraldic art of the 17th to 19th centuries has earned that period the designation "the Decadence." It was not until the 20th century that heraldic art recovered a feeling for aesthetic beauty.