Animals in art

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Animals in art

  1. 1. Natalie Howes and Beth Yates (B11) Animals in Art During our day at the National Gallery, we were looking at the portrayal of animals in art throughout history. We began by looking at ‘Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice’ (probably 1751) by Pietro Longhi: We then began to look for animals in other pieces of art, and we noticed a general pattern. Horses and dogs were the animals that most frequently appeared, but in very different roles. Horses are generally portrayed either as working animals, or as beautiful creatures, while dogs are portrayed as members of the family: Questions What is going on? Does the rhinoceros look happy? Where is its horn? Cross-curricular links  History: The changing role of zoos (from exhibition to scientific research and conservation).  PSHE: Respecting animals.  ICT: The role of the internet (people no longer need to see a rhino to know what one looks like).  Literacy: Debates, writing and discussions about the treatment of animals in zoos and circuses. ‘Zoo’ by Anthony Browne.  Geography: Where do rhinos come from? Habitat study. The horse as a working animal: ‘Colonel Tarleton’ (1782) by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The horse as a working animal and the dog as a pet: ‘The Market Cart’ (1786) by Thomas Gainsborough.
  2. 2. Natalie Howes and Beth Yates (B11) We then sketched our own interpretations of ‘Equestrian Portrait of Charles I’ (about 1637-8) by Anthony van Dyck, in which the horse is portrayed as a beautiful working animal: The dog as a member of the family: ‘Portrait of the Artist with his Wife and Daughter’ (about 1748) by Thomas Gainsborough. The horse as a beautiful creature: ‘Whistlejacket’ (about 1762) by George Stubbs.
  3. 3. Natalie Howes and Beth Yates (B11) Sketched by hand. Sketched using an iPad.

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