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Animals in Art

 

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ALBRECHT DÜRER (1471-1528)
'A Young Hare' 1502 (watercolor and gouache)

  • Drawing and painting animals has always been a popular subject for artists throughout history.
  • Stone Age men decorated their caves with the images of the animals that they hunted for food.
  • Ancient Egyptian artists depicted many of their gods with the heads of animals.
  • Tribal artists from every continent combined animal and human features to symbolise man's bond with his natural environment.
  • Artists In the Middle Ages used mythical beasts to decorate medieval manuscripts while commonplace creatures often took on secret symbolic associations.
  • 17th century artists painted hunting scenes that illustrated dramatic life and death struggles between man and beast.
  • 18th century artists chose to celebrate the natural beauty and majestic power of animals in their natural habitats.
  • 19th century Victorian artists painted sentimental pictures of their domestic pets and livestock.
  • Artists of the 20th century explored the entire range of animal genres and invented a few more of their own.

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'Study of horses for the Battle of Anghiari', (1503) by Leonardo da Vinci.

'Study of horses for the Battle of Anghiari', (1503) by Leonardo da Vinci.

 

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