The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art

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Of all man's fellow-creatures, the horse, with its inherent gracefulness, intelligence, speed, resilience and courage, has inspired the strongest feelings of empathy – an affinity reflected in more than 30,000 years of artistic representation in both East and West. This stunningly illustrated history of the horse in art documents the creative journey from prehistoric cave paintings to the war horses of Uccello, the thoroughbred portraits of Stubbs, the enigmatic prints of Elisabeth Frink and beyond. It explores ...
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Overview


Of all man's fellow-creatures, the horse, with its inherent gracefulness, intelligence, speed, resilience and courage, has inspired the strongest feelings of empathy – an affinity reflected in more than 30,000 years of artistic representation in both East and West. This stunningly illustrated history of the horse in art documents the creative journey from prehistoric cave paintings to the war horses of Uccello, the thoroughbred portraits of Stubbs, the enigmatic prints of Elisabeth Frink and beyond. It explores the role of the horse in Eastern imagery and as the subject of myth and legend; as a symbol of power and an ally in war; as the subject of anatomical scrutiny and the romantic embodiment of human feeling; and as the emblem of sporting pleasures and prowess. The book sheds particular light on man's relationship with the horse, and on the story of equine evolution from the stocky primitive to today's thoroughbred.
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Library Journal
A racehorse so fast he exists in the past, present, and future simultaneously (Umberto Boccioni's Elasticity) and two exhausted bronze pack mules struggling uphill to join their fellows (David Backhouse's Animals in War) are but two of the 250 images discussed here by Pickeral (Encyclopedia of Horses and Ponies). Organized thematically into such subjects as the brave, the mythical, and the modern horse, each chapter offers a one- or two-page introduction. Most of the pages (measuring 11.5 x 11.5 inches) are devoted to full-page images enhanced by captions providing short art-history lessons. With a time line, a bibliography, an index, and a list of museums and galleries of the horse, this beautiful book is a real bargain. Recommended for horse lovers and art history buffs as well as for special and larger academic and public libraries.-Nancy J. Mactague, Aurora Univ. Lib, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Stunningly illustrated, wide-roaming and often revelatory book
The Guardian

Energetic and surprising
Financial Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858944937
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 704,563
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Tamsin Pickeral is an author and art historian specializing in books on art, horsemanship, animal husbandry and travel. Her books for Merrell include The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art (hardback 2006; new paperback compact edition 2009) and The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art (hardback 2008; new paperback compact edition 2010), included in The Financial Times Top Fifty Art Books of the Year, and The Sunday Times Art Books of the Year.
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