Animals have inspired art across the ages: from prehistoric cave paintings to Ancient Egyptian depictions of animal-headed gods; from the mythical beasts adorning medieval manuscripts to the realistic animal paintings of the Flemish masters.

Albrecht Dürer – famed for his woodcut Rhinoceros of 1515 – was one of the first artists to regard animals as a subject worthy of attention in their own right. In the 18th century, George Stubbs painted horses with remarkable anatomical accuracy derived from dissections. Invariably, however, in many celebrated artworks the animal is seen from a human perspective, ...


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