Art and Animals

Hello! For this week’s blog post, I wanted to focus on the art of animals in paintings. Often, when looking at paintings, I feel as though paintings of people, landscape, and/or abstract settings/topics are more common than paintings of animals. Although this may be wrong, I personally have not seen many paintings that revolve around or include animals, and I think it might be fun to look at paintings that celebrate animals. So this week I wanted to include an array of paintings that focus on or include animals.

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Image from Albertina

The first artwork I found was by Albrecht Durer called the Hare. It’s an extremely beautiful work that shows a lot of detail in the animal, considering that this is done in watercolour; Durer also creates this hare with extremely accuracy, making the hare seem alive and right in front of us.

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Image from WGA

The second painting I found is of a Goldfinch done by Carel Fabritius. I admire the simplicity of the painting. The main focus is the bird, and it’s adorable. In my opinion, this goldfinch also looks very lifelife.

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Image from MET

Another painting I know that has a goldfinch within the work is the Madonna and Child created by Carlo Crivelli. This one has Christ delicately hold onto a goldfinch, and it is placed there symbolically, but it’s still beautifully placed into the painting.

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The last painting was created by Leonardo da Vinci, and it is called The Lady with the Ermine. I love this painting because who wouldn’t want a portrait with their pet? And this pet is a weasel! I’m not entirely sure if this portrait of, supposedly, Cecilia Gallerani includes the ermine/weasel as her pet or a reference to her name, but it’s still a very prominent painting of a woman and a cute ermine.

There are many other paintings that I found that include animals in them, which I will include in another post. It’s so interesting to see how artists make their artwork unique through animals. Some incorporate animals into their work, while others primarily focus on animals. I think these painting are also a nice appreciation for animals.


Image from tate.org

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