If animals were not the first subject ever painted they were certainly the second. Animals have been on this earth long before humans and our relationship has been both as a friend and as a foe since the beginning.
Seven North Art Animal Gallery has a fascinating variety for all of you who love creatures of all kinds and are looking for art that depicts them in many forms. The portrayal of animals in the arts throughout history reveals a lot about ourselves past and present; as do the animals you love; say a lot about you. They have served as a link for happiness, distress, environmental issues, fascination, gender roles, and more.
Smith, Mike "Cat in the Garden" Poster Hayden, Blue & Gold Macaw
Richardson, Gene "Morning Alight"
You might be interested in a survey conducted by Art Business Today UK, about the top 10 art subjects sold in Europe. -Traditional landscapes, Modern or semi-abstract landscapes, Abstracts, Dogs, Figure studies (excluding nudes), Seascapes, Harbor and Beach scenes, Wildlife, Impressionistic Landscapes, Nudes, and Animals both real and fantasy -
It is not surprising to find that animals occupy three spots on Europes top 10 lists. Animals also have an important place in ancient art history, appearing in caves dating back 30,000 to 40,000 years. These Drawings and Paintings depict animals such as bison and deer as a part of early man’s day-to-day life.
Artists have always had a heavy basis toward nature. Animals have been represented in a variety of ways, as symbols, teachers of moral lessons, aesthetic and scientific muses, talking creatures and companions and every others way imaginable. Many early works of art had heavy religious significance, paying homage to the Gods often these deities were animals in one way or another.
In Christian art, the lamb was made to be a symbol of Christ, emphasizing his sacrifice for humanity, while the Griffin stood as a guardian figure for the dead. (a mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, typically depicted with pointed ears and with the eagle's legs taking the place of the forelegs)
Stubbs, George "Portrait of the Royal Lion"
Old Vintage Style Gryphon, "Half Eagle, Half Lion"
Since that very first art of animals appeared on cave walls, artists have used them as their most often chosen subject and as an endless source of inspiration for paintings, sculpture, and drawings literally and figuratively. At Sevennorth.com we love animal artwork and will continue to add new, enchanting work and artists that love animals as much as you do.
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